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  Barbara Thau
 
Professional/Personal Overview
  I have been a full-time business journalist for over a decade with expertise covering the retail industry, consumer news and trends.

I have also covered the real estate sector and economic/social trends and workplace topics.

I am currently a contributor to Forbes.com where I write my Minding The Stores column covering the retail industry.

In addition, I write the Deeds & Don'ts real estate column for New Cottages & Gardens.

My work has appeared in publications and online news outlets such as The New York Daily News, The Huffington Post, CNBC, Parade magazine, among others.

Work Info
 
Expertise
Editor 17 Years
Reporter 17 Years
Writer 17 Years
Specialty
Real Estate 1 Year
Arts & Humanities 3 Years
Business (general) 17 Years
Total Media Industry Experience
17 Years
Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)
Forbes.com (11+), New York Cottages & Gardens (6-10), Parade Magazine (1-2)
Other Work History
Retail and consumer reporter
AOL DailyFinance
January 2011 – October 2012 (1 year 10 months)

Wrote features for online media company’s business news site. Cover the retail industry and consumer shopping, economic trends.

Senior retail editor
Home Furnishings News magazine
September 1998 – May 2009 (10 years 9 months)

Shaped retail coverage for lead section of home furnishings business magazine.
Interviewed CEOs and senior executives of nation's largest chains, wrote features on business, merchandising and design trends.
Senior retail editor, HFN
Conde Nast's Fairchild Publications
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Publishing industry
1998 – 2006 (8 years)
Computer Skills
Wordpress, InCopy, HTML
Associations
I have been cited as a retail expert by CNN Money, NRP Radio and USA Today.
Freelancer Availability
I freelance full-time. I live near New York, NY. I am willing to travel anywhere. I have a driver's license.
Work Samples
 
(Forbes.com, 11/29/2012)
A Forbes story on which retailers have the most at stake during the holiday 2012 season and why.
(The Huffington Post, Huff Post 50, 12/21/2011)
The fashion and beauty industries, which have shunned older women, are finally starting to court -- albeit gingerly -- boomer women.
(AOL Huffington Post Media Group's DailyFinance , 6/9/2011)
(The New York Daily News, 5/16/2011)
Feature story for the Your Money section of The New York Daily News on three New Yorkers who were laid off during the recession, but landed new jobs that reflect major pay cuts and demotions.
(The New York Daily News, 11/1/2010)
Cover feature for the Money section on older workers reporting to younger bosses.
(CNBC.com, 8/18/2010)
Home shopping networks gain fashion credibility.
(CNBC.com, 6/24/2010)
Retailers stretch their equity to uncharted products.
(CNBC.com, 4/21/2010)
(cnbc.com, 2/10/2010)
Story on Olympic-themed retail promotions.
(Country Living, 9/1/2009)
Makeover story
(The Real Deal, 12/1/2008)
This story compares the New York City retail market to the bleak national picture.
(Home Furnishings News , 10/8/2008)
This is a piece on the makeover of home furnishings retailer Cost Plus, that includes an interview with its CEO Barry Feld.
(Home Furnishings News , 7/28/2008)
This is a story on how the fashion sector, which typical dictates design trends, was now taking many of its cues from the home furnishings industry.
(The Real Deal, 5/1/2008)
This is a story on challenges facing national bookstore chains in New York City.
(cnbc.com)
Business Looking Up For Luxury Retailers
(Home Furnishings News )
This is a story on marketing to the baby boomer generation.