The Balance Editors


We’re a team of writers and editors with a passion for making it easy to understand money. Together we have spent decades researching and answering questions about financial products and processes—not to mention learning from our own personal finances.


Kristin Myers, Editor-in-Chief
Kristin Myers is an award-winning journalist, producer, and Editor-in-Chief of The Balance. Before joining The Balance, Kristin was a senior writer at Yahoo Finance and anchor of Yahoo Finance Live. She hosted Yahoo Finance Live daily, and was one of the creators and hosts of “A Time for Change,” a weekly program that explores race, diversity, and inclusion in the world of business, finance, and politics. Kristin holds a master of arts in international journalism from Cardiff University, and a bachelor of arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Hilarey Gould, Editorial Director
Hilarey Gould has spent 10+ years in the digital media space, where she's developed a passion for helping people understand economics, saving, investing, credit card perks, mortgage rates, and more. Hilarey has held full-time and freelance roles at a variety of financial media companies including, Bankrate, and SmartAsset. She has a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri, and a bachelor's in journalism and professional writing from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ).

Yasmin Ghahremani, Associate Editorial Director, Financial Products & Services
Yasmin Ghahremani has over two decades of journalism experience and is an expert on personal finance topics, including credit cards, insurance, and loans. As an Associate Editorial Director she sets The Balance’s standards for evaluating the financial products consumers use every day. Yasmin has a bachelor of science in advertising from The University of Texas at Austin, and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University.

Helen Reis, Senior News Editor
Helen is the senior news editor for The Balance and a veteran journalist with more than 17 years of experience, mostly in business and finance news. She is passionate about making complicated topics easy for everyone to understand and compulsive about accuracy and transparency. Helen has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire.

Mrinalini Krishna, Senior Investing Editor
Mrinalini is the senior investing editor at The Balance and is an expert in investing, financial journalism, digital media, and more. She's been a journalist for more than 10 years at organizations such as the Financial Times and Investopedia, and she has a master's in business and economic reporting from New York University.

Meredith Mangan, Senior Insurance Editor
Meredith Mangan is a senior insurance editor for The Balance, focusing on reviews of insurance products. She brings to the job 15 years of experience in finance, media, and financial markets. Prior to her editing career, Meredith was a licensed financial advisor and a licensed insurance agent in accident and health, variable, and life contracts. Meredith also spent five years as the managing editor for Money Crashers. Meredith received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from New College of Florida.

Sienna Wrenn, Special Projects Editor
Sienna is a self-proclaimed credit card nerd who has been creating personal finance content for more than seven years. She joined The Balance as a staff writer and is now managing special projects to further engage readers in important topics. Sienna's work has been cited by major news outlets and government agencies. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Lars Peterson, Senior Editor
Lars Peterson is a veteran personal finance writer and editor with broad experience covering personal finance, particularly credit cards, banking products, and mortgages. He has been writing and editing for more than 20 years and has a knack for digging deep into a subject so he can make it easier for others to understand. Lars earned bachelor of arts and master of fine arts degrees in English, both from California State University, Long Beach.

J.R. Duren, Editor
J.R. is a terms editor at The Balance, where he focuses on providing clear answers to common questions about personal finance and small business. J.R. has more than 10 years of experience reporting, writing, and editing. J.R. has a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.

Jess Feldman, Associate Editor
Jess Feldman has been writing and editing for over five years, focusing on financial topics. As associate editor she spends hours each day editing and fact-checking articles on The Balance, covering all aspects of living a financially smart lifestyle. Jess has a journalism degree from the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

Jana Lynch, Senior Editor
After more than a decade in social services, Jana has spent the past seven years working in personal finance as a writer and editor. Her work has been featured on sites such as Frugal Rules, DollarSprout, the Penny Hoarder, and others. She also served as the director of grants and programs for the Plutus Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to personal finance education, and is an advocate for victims and survivors of financial abuse.