Elaine Silvestrini has been a professional journalist for more than 25 years. She is a former member of the American Finance Association and the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.

Before joining Annuity.org, Elaine worked for news organizations in Florida and New Jersey, covering various beats and topics. She has also reported on breaking news, features and investigations.

Through her work, Elaine has always tried to help individuals facing difficult decisions and situations. She strives to make complicated topics, such as finances, understandable to people who are not experts. She tries to advocate for ordinary people and people who are having a tough time.

She understands that, through her work, she is a surrogate for her readers. She is asking the questions and finding the information they need and presenting it clearly and simply.

She has won numerous awards, including several for her investigation into tax refund fraud in Tampa, Florida. Among the accolades for that work was a first-place award from the Florida Society of News Editors for community leadership among Florida’s largest newspapers. Some of that work involved helping victims of identity theft whose information was being used by criminals to steal from the government.