Retirement Columnist, Author, and Public Speaker

“Rodney Brooks is our most thoughtful and practical guide to managing our financial lives. He offers sensible solutions and help at all life stages.”

– Kerry Hannon, Author and Financial Expert


Rodney A. Brooks writes and speaks about retirement and personal finance issues. His column currently runs in U.S. News & World Report. He has written weekly or bi-weekly columns for The Washington Post, USA TODAY and

He has also written for Next Avenue, Black Enterprise magazine, and has written about professional athletes and their finances for the Undefeated, an ESPN website.

Brooks is co-author of Retirement Planning Essentials: A Guide to Living Well Without Running out of Money, published in 2018. He is also author of Is One Million Dollars Enough: A Guide to Planning for and Living Through a Successful Retirement.

He retired as Deputy Managing Editor/Personal Finance and retirement columnist for USA TODAY in 2015. Previously he was assistant business editor and reporter at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also worked as a reporter or editor for The Bulletin in Philadelphia, the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times and the Ithaca (N.Y.) Journal.

A native of Linden, N.J., he received a degree in Communication Arts from Cornell University. He also has an executive certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University. Brooks was a fellow at the Age Boom Academy at Columbia University in 2016. He also received a National Press Foundation retirement reporting fellowship June 2015 in Washington, D.C.

He serves on the Foolproof Foundation’s Walter Cronkite Committee, an organization dedicated to teaching financial literacy in public schools.


Rodney joined USA TODAY in 1985 as an assignment editor in the Money section and was later named deputy managing editor. Previously he was assistant business editor, assistant city editor and business writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also worked as a reporter or editor for The Bulletin in Philadelphia, the Asheville, N.C. Citizen-Times and the Ithaca N.Y. Journal.

A native of Linden, N.J., Brooks received a B.S. degree from Cornell University. He received an executive certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University in 2010. He was also selected as a McCormick-Tribune fellow in 2008 and as part of the Advanced Executive Program (AEP) at the Media Management Center at Northwestern University. The Media Management Center is operated jointly by the Kellogg School of Business and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

He served two terms as treasurer and as a member of the executive board of the National Association of Black Journalists and later as co-chair of the finance committee. He received the 2007 NABJ President’s Award. He has also served on the board of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW). He is a member of the NABJ, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), SABEW and the Trotter Group, and a national association of African American columnists.


Brooks has ghost written six books for financial planners and finance experts. He has a certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University and 40 years as a financial journalist at newspapers like USA TODAY and the Philadelphia Inquirer. So, he is uniquely qualified to ghost write you book. Contact his representatives for more information.


Rodney Brooks has spoken to a variety of groups and organizations and churches about financial planning, retirement and financial literacy. He has also talked to groups about how financial planners can better position themselves to be sources for newspapers, television and financial web sites. He has talked to or events such as:

  • The NAPA 401(k) Summit
  • The Eighth Annual Society for Financial Education and Professional Development (SFE&PD) Financial Literacy Leadership Conference
  • The Financial Planning Association
  • Sigma Phi Pi National Fraternity Grand Boule
  • The Association of African American Financial Advisors

Rodney Brooks speaking at The Financial Planning Association

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