Emma Johnson

New York, NY USA
Website: http://www.wealthysinglemommy.com

Professional Experience

Award-winning business and personal finance journalist, award-winning blogger and podcaster, leading voice for single moms. Reporter: NYT, WSJ, WORTH, Forbes, Wired, Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Men's Health, Glamour. Contributing editor for SUCCESS magazine, Forbes, and former MSN Money columnist. I blog at WealthySingleMommy.com, a leading source of opinion for single parents on money, parenting and dating. As an expert I've appeared on Headline News, NYTimes, Fox Business Live, TODAY, Woman's Day, Forbes, NPR and others. Podcast: Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. Guests: Arianna Huffington, Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, Rebecca Traister, etc. Author: The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Make Every Man Want to Date You, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children Penguin Random House's TarcherPerigee. Slated for fall, 2017 release Spokesperson, brand partner, and satellite media tour experience. youtube.com/user/Emmaruthjohnson


20 Years
5 Years
18 Years


Family, Children & Teenagers
17 Years
Business (general)
17 Years
Personal Finance
17 Years


Magazine - Large Consumer/National magazines
18 Years
Marketing (firm) - Fortune 1000 corp. clients
18 Years
Online/new media
18 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

19 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

MSN Money (10+), Real Simple (10+), SUCCESS Magazine (10+), Forbes (10+), Entrepreneur (10+), Glamour (3-5), Dr. Oz Good Life magazine (3-5), WORTH (1-2), New York Times (3-5), DailyWorth (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Civiello Communications (media training) (10+), Ernst Young (custom content) (6-10), Bloomberg Events (3-5), AdAge/Digitas (1-2), Economist Group (custom content) (3-5), McKinsey (white paper) (3-5), BBVA Compass (10+), Ernst Young (10+)

Other Work History

2011-Present, Contributing editor, SUCCESS magazine 2014-present, Forbes paid contributor 2008-2010 Columnist, MSN Money 2005-2006 Business Writer, Associated Press Financial Wire, New York 2000-2003 Health Care Reporter, Tribune, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in metro Phoenix Editor, Sofia Independent, an online English-language news digest based in Sofia, Bulgaria General Assignment Reporter/Photographer, The Valdosta Daily Times Intern, CNN

Technical Skills

Podcast production Radio / podcast hosting Event MC / keynote Public speaking Social media marketing

Foreign Language Skills

Conversational Spanish

Computer Skills

Live and taped video reporting and spokesperson work, including live TV and radio for major markets, SMT. http://is.gd/Vf79BE


I have many longtime, loyal clients


Parents Magazine: "Best of the Web" AOL DailyFinance: “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” U.S. News: “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” New York Observer: “9 Overachieving New Yorkers You Must Date” Seven state and national reporting awards


American Society of Journalists and Authors Society of American Business Editors and Writers American Society of Business Publication Editors AvantGuild

Work Samples

Personal Finance

(Forbes 10/8/2009)
Why we're reluctant to negotiate and how to get over it.
(Forbes 3/16/2010)
How to get a grip on your finances, one day, week, month and year at a time
(CreditCards.com 7/29/2010)
What if what was in your wallet really did make you a better person -- or at least perceived as one? The closest thing to such a notion may be the American Express Centurion Card, also known as the Black Card, which has successfully created an paralleled aura of mystery and power.
(REAL SIMPLE 1/2/2013)
It's never easy to discuss death and dying with your folks-but these essential conversations will help give all of you some peace of mind.
(The Fiscal Times 2/11/2011)
Tax time is often filled with anxiety. But what if you're looking at a big tax bill and you just don't have the cash?
(Real Simple 10/1/2011)
With so much troubling news from Wall Street, financial anxiety is high. While you can't control the stock market, you can tackle some of your smaller money issues--and put a bit of that anxiety to rest.
(Woman's Day 2/18/2011)
Use this step-by-step plan for recovering -- and thriving -- after a layoff.
(Forbes 10/1/2010)
Money can be a scary subject for many people, and like many important topics, such as conflict and self-image, women and men often deal with their finances differently.
(Psychology Today 5/1/2007)
Financial inequality can strain any relationship, especially when the disparity is sudden. Promotions, marrying up, and inheritances cause a special brand of resentment and guilt for both parties -- not to mention awkward interactions.
(Forbes 6/23/2010)
Have 10 minutes to spare? Here are 20 ways to shape up your finances in just that time.
(Forbes 2/16/2010)
How the most experienced road warriors are making the most out of technology and new connections.
(Men's Health 5/1/2012)
No matter how awkward and uncomfortable, these are six sit-downs you can't afford to blow.
(Forbes 10/15/2010)
Money doesn't have to destroy relationships. Here's how managing your finances can actually improve your romantic life.
(Forbes 8/30/2010)
A guide to getting what you're worth for entrepreneurs and contract workers.


(Entrepreneur 2/25/2009)
Tapping the masses for brighter ideas and bigger margins. The growing number of crowdsourcing advocates argue that businesses cannot afford to ignore the trend that's driving growth in fields as varied as sneaker design, software development, mining, apartment management and restaurant marketing.
(SUCCESS magazine 7/12/2013)
To run a successful business, you need to know the value of your company.
(SUCCESS magazine 7/18/2013)
To run a successful business, you need to know the value of your company.
(Entrepreneur 12/1/2008)
Target, Apple and Jack in the Box reinvented their brands through damage control, brand differentiation and broadening appeal. Put their strategies to use for your business.
(SUCCESS magazine 6/1/2011)
You've got a solid company and a winning brand. Do you really need to get wrapped up in the Facebook craze? What's the big deal, anyway?
(Success magazine 11/1/2010)
White Castle's David Rife is intent on having happy employees. That's been good for customers--and good for business.
(Entrepreneur 10/13/2009)
Build your business around a wide base of other small businesses, which is less risky and a smarter way to grow a solid enterprise.
(Success Magazine 3/1/2011)
The CNBC anchor has covered booms and busts, the successful and the mighty. But true success, she says, comes from within.
(WORTH magazine 1/1/2014)
The business climate has been up and down in 2013. What 2014 brings is anyone's guestimate. These experts offer entrepreneurs advice for making the best moves in the new year.
(SUCCESS magazine 7/1/2011)
Selling is a tough job--tough on the ego, tough on the energy level--which explains why sales reps are often some of a company's highest-paid employees. But even a fat salary is usually not enough to combat steep competition, finicky customers and grumpy prospects.
(SUCCSESS 3/1/2010)
After lifting Microsoft's Expedia off the ground, Harford is poised to take Orbitz to new highs.
(Success magazine 1/1/2011)
It might be easy to dismiss Ivanka Trump as a pretty girl born with a silver spoon in her mouth. But that is not Ivanka Trump.

Multimedia Money

(DailyWorth 1/7/2014)
(Paid columnist 8/21/2015)
(SUCCESS magazine 1/8/2014)
(eFinancialCareers.com 12/14/2010)
This series of articles and videos covers the the job market and career advice for Wall Street and accounting professionals.
(MSN Money 6/1/2010)
A multimedia series aimed at those new to the world of stocks, bonds, compound interest and risk.
(Huffington Post 1/6/2014)

Personal essays

(Retailmenot 9/1/2011)
Okay, no one's thrilled when the dinner bill arrives. In the best-case scenario, everyone whips out their cards or cash, lays down what they owe and walks away with a full belly and a sweet memory. Alternatively, one party picks up the tab, and everyone in attendance smiles, offers gratitude and doesn't feel like a whore afterward.
Weddings on the beach are beautiful. Throw in a sunset and some palm trees and many a bride feels she's died and been beamed straight up to matrimonial heaven. But the concept of destination weddings is another story.
(Retailmenot 6/1/2011)
You see it everywhere you look: on the playground, in line at the ATM, in the supermarket -- harried moms standing, necks bent, thumbs frantically tapping away at their BlackBerrys or Droids.
(Retailmenot 8/1/2011)
Being raised in the 80s seem so fantastical. Highlights included Pop Rocks, debates over which of the Coreys was cuter and being totally annoyed that the Iran-Contra hearings were hogging up all the network airtime. But looking back, I see that this era was also rife with valuable things that are no longer with us. And so I wrote this letter to my kids to let them know what they're missing.
(Wealthy Single Mommy 9/19/2012)
(Retailmenot 2/14/2012)
After five years of marriage, life happened and I found myself single again. I had forgot about all the complications associated with dating, including the dreaded who-pays-on-a-first-date conundrum. I couldn't shake the notion that the guy pays for the first date. So I decided to find out what's going on in the dating world -- and why we pay (or don't) the way we do.