is one of the nation's most respected personal finance columnists. Her Chicago Tribune columns
reach millions of readers in leading metropolitan newspapers throughout the U.S.
She has been named "Best Financial Columnist" by Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, and has received 17 other journalism awards for her work, including a National Clarion Award for human rights reporting.
In addition to writing weekly columns, Gail delivers advice on personal finance, investing, business and financial markets in speeches and on television and radio. She has been a reporter for National Public Radio's "Marketplace," and has provided analysis on "Talk of the Nation," "Sound Money," public television, and ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliates. In Chicago, she is heard regularly on CLTV and is a guest on WGN radio.
Prior to starting her personal finance columns, she spent a decade covering business, won the nation's top award for airline reporting, and wrote for publications ranging from USA Today to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
During 10 years as a personal finance columnist, Gail heard from thousands of distressed readers about their investing mistakes.
"It was tragic," she said. "They were trying to do what was right, but were undermining their hard-earned savings. The mistakes were almost universal -- repeated by young and old, rich and poor, male and female, highly educated and less educated. Even experienced business people and multi-millionaires were calling me for help."
As a result, she wrote her book, "Saving for Retirement Without Living Like a Pauper or Winning the Lottery,"
so anyone could get fire-power out of their savings without laboring over their investments. She simplified practices used by professionals into a step-by-step guide that anyone can handle - "even people phobic about math," she says.
"It's a cover-to-cover must-read for everyone 16 to 60 who wants to live the American Dream," says Dallas Salisbury, CEO, of the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a respected, nonpartisan think tank.
In addition to her work in journalism, Gail has had direct experience managing a multi-million dollar endowment fund for a non-profit. She has served on the University of Minnesota School of Journalism Advisory Board, organized a mentoring program for aspiring journalists, and currently is on the board of governors for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, a national organization that promotes high journalistic standards.