Dawn Papandrea

  • She has written about credit cards and other personal finance topics for about 10 years.
  • Featured on sites including Bankrate, CreditCards.com, U.S. News & World Report, CompareCards.com, and more.
  • Enjoys taking complex financial topics and breaking them down in a way that readers can relate to, and hopefully benefit from.
  • Works as an editor, writer, blogger, and ghostwriter for many accredited publications.


Dawn's career began in the traditional print journalism way, honing her reporting skills while earning her master of arts in journalism and mass communications from New York University. 

She worked her way up from her first internship to become the managing editor of The CollegeBound Network. The company published national and regional print magazines called CollegeBound, which aimed to help teens with their high school-to-college transition. After the print magazine folded, she managed a suite of related websites and their associated social media accounts.

During this time, Dawn began dabbling with freelance writing, eventually expanding her expertise to credit score repair, talent acquisition technology, consumer finance issues, and more. Today, she runs a full-time freelance content business, writing for numerous clients, mostly in the personal finance, careers and B2B spaces.


Dawn has a B.A. in English from St. John's University, and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication from NYU.

About The Balance and Dotdash

The Balance makes personal finance easy to understand. It is home to experts who provide clear, practical advice on managing your money. Whether you’re looking to invest, buy a home, save for retirement, or achieve another financial goal, The Balance will answer your questions with straightforward personal financial advice.

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