I'm Alex Richards, an editor at NerdWallet. I'm part of a small team dedicated to telling consumer finance stories that are in the public's interest. You can find out more about me and my work on LinkedIn; I'm a former Chicago Tribune reporter and was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in 2011.

Selected work


Selected awards and recognition

Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism (2014)

Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism (2013)

Online Journalism Award, Explanatory Reporting (2012)

Heywood Broun Award of Substantial Distinction (2010, 2012)

IRE FOI Award (2012)

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting (2011)

National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting / Grand Award in Print (2011)

Pulitzer Prize finalist, Local Reporting (2010)

Scripps Howard Award, Investigative Reporting (2010)

IRE Award (2010)

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