Jean Sherman Chatzky was born on November 7, 1964 in Michigan. She has grown up in Wisconsin, Indiana and spent a lot of her early years in West Virginia. There is not so much about her parents. It is known, that her father was a professor in the College while her mother ran a school library. Jean also has two brothers. After high school, she enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a BA Degree in English.
Jean started her career as an editorial assistant at the “Working Woman” in the 1986. Later she was promoted to the post of assistant editor. After three years of hard work at the “Working Woman”, she decided to leave the journalism. She worked at the equity research department of Dean Witter Reynolds until her back to the journalism in the 1991. With a new view in the journalism she joined to the Forbes as a reporter as well as a researcher. Afterwards, she moved to the Dow Jones Company, which was a publishing and financial firm.
In the 1992 she also provided her service to the Hearst with a start-up “SmartMoney”. Just for a few years Jean raised from staff writer to senior editor. In the 1998 she started her work at the “Money Magazine”.
In the early 2000 she widely appeared on the television and now she is mostly works as a financial editor for NBC’s Today Show. Since that time she has mad her appearances on different TV shows like “Oprah”, “Live With Regis and Kelly” and The View. She became the Director of Education for Savvymoney.com resource in the 2011. Jean also involved with the Nora Magid Mentorship prize at the University of Pennsylvania, being an alumnus of this College.
In addition to her television career, she also is an author and published till date seven books about finances. Her first book was titled “Talking Money ” and published in the 2001. She is a very talented writer and got a lot of success thanks to her books “The Ten Commandments of Financial Happiness”, “Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day” and “Money rules: the simple path to lifelong security”.
During her brilliant career she received several awards like the Clarion Award for magazine columns from the Association of Woman in the 2002 and the Gracie Award, which she got as the American Women in Radio and Television. Besides that she also was nominated by the National Magazine Awards as well as named to be the one of the country’s thirty best magazine columnists according to the Chicago Tribune magazine.
She was married twice. Her first marriage to Peter Chatzky was unhappy and she divorced in the end of the 90s. Her second husband is Eliot Kaplan. They met each other in the early 2000. She has two children named Julia and Jake Chatzky. Her net worth is not revealed yet. Currently, she resides in Briarcliff Manor, New York.