Ellen Simon

Ellen spent most of her career working as a reporter for The Star-Ledger and The Associated Press, writing everything from breaking news to front-page features. At The AP, she was part of a team that wrote an award-winning series of explanatory journalism about the financial crisis. Over the last nine years, she’s freelanced for news organizations including The Wall Street Journal and Investopedia. Most recently, she worked as a communications consultant for Child Care Aware of America USA, a national advocacy group focused on childcare affordability. She lives in Jersey City, NJ, where she’s written, raised money, and knocked doors for local political campaigns and also worked as a volunteer leader in a grassroots effort to improve the local public schools. Ellen has a journalism degree from Northwestern University.

A native of Ohio, she grew up in a two-canoe household (one Kevlar, one wood). Her hobbies include sea kayaking, biking, hiking, baking, and playing tag or basketball with her son. She and her husband took a year off to backpack around the world in 2002 and 2003.