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Name:  John F. Wasik  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1957 in Grayslake, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Wasik was born in Grayslake, Illinois. He earned his B. A. and M. A. from the University of Illinois - Chicago and resides north of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

John Wasik, one of the leading personal financial journalists in the world. He has spoken all over the U.S. and has won 18 awards for his writing and investigative journalism. Covering topics that include investing, retirement. college planning, taxes and real estate, he focuses on how to bring balance to everyday life. His philosophy is that a sound "personal ecology'' can make anyone's life sustainable through a diversified harmony between, work, leisure, family and community. His speeches illustrate how money can become a servant in this process and create a prosperous and happy life. Wasik has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes,, and AARP Magazine. He was a columnist for Bloomberg News and Reuters, where his columns were published by newspapers on four continents.He holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago and is a certified retirement counselor (InFRE). He's also a member of SABEW, SPJ and The Chicago Headline Club. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Financial Post, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, Parade, Barron's, Popular Science, Health, New York Newsday, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Pittsburgh Press, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, The Seattle Times, The Orange County Register and dozens of other papers.

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