Retirement Columnist, Author, and Public Speaker

Rodney A. Brooks has written weekly or bi-weekly columns for the Washington Post, USA TODAY and He has also written on retirement and personal finance for the PBS website Next Avenue,, the ESPN website The Undefeated and Black Enterprise magazine.


Rodney retired as Deputy Managing Editor/Personal Finance and retirement columnist for USA TODAY in 2015. As personal finance editor, Brooks coordinated all personal finance on all platforms for USA TODAY – including staffers and columnists.

Brooks is author of Is One Million Dollars Enough: A Guide to Planning for and Living Through a Successful Retirement, published in February, 2015.


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.

Rodney Brooks has spoken to a variety of groups and organizations 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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