Ron Lieber has been the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times since 2008. He is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money (Harper), which was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Lieber’s deeply reported and emotionally honest book detailing the biggest financial decision families will face, The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Road Map for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make, published in 2021.
With the same passion, smarts, and humor that infuses his personal finance column, Lieber’s presentations provide clarity and offer solutions on how to approach financial decisions at any age. He is a highly sought-after speaker for schools, educators, parenting programs, and fundraising events.
Before coming to The Times, Lieber wrote the “Green Thumb” personal finance column for The Wall Street Journal and was part of the startup team at the paper’s Personal Journal section. Two of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, and he is a three-time winner of the Gerald Loeb award, business journalism’s highest honor.
Lieber lives in Brooklyn with his wife, New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, and their two daughters.
Praise for The Price You Pay for College:
“Masterly . . . The Price You Pay for College represents an extraordinary achievement: It is comprehensive and detailed without being tedious, practical without being banal, impeccably well judged and unusually rigorous. . . . Lieber . . . brings a broad-minded and humane realism to his book.”
--The New York Times
“Looking for help navigating the college maze? Read this book! The New York Times personal-finance columnist and parent brings clarity to a murky process and often incendiary topic. He sensibly writes about several important controversies without losing sight that this is a practical book aimed at helping those looking to figure which four-year private or public residential undergraduate experience is best for their child and at what price tag.”
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A revealing and useful guide for the aspiring consumer of higher education.”
“If you have a teen headed for college in a few years, you literally can’t afford to skip this candid guide by The New York Times' “Your Money” columnist Ron Lieber. He grills college presidents and financial aid gatekeepers to answer all your biggest questions about the right ways to save, borrow and bargain for a better deal.”
--Working Mother Magazine
“Aims to provide parents and students financing their own way with the information they need to make more informed, financially sound goals and decisions.”