OLD Media Moves

Dallas Morning News columnist to take buyout?

August 24, 2006

Dallasblog.com reports that Dallas Morning News business columnist Scott Burns is among those who is likely to accept a buyout offer from the paper. Burns is among the giants in personal finance journalism.

Scott BurnsBurns received a degree in humanities and biology from MIT in 1962. He is a personal finance columnist for the Morning News, is syndicated nationally by United Press, and can also be read at MSN Money Central as well as scottburns.com.

He recently wrote “The Coming Generational Storm: What You Need to Know about America’s Economic Future” with Boston University economics professor Larry Kotlikoff. The book was named one of Library Journal’s Best Business Books of 2004 and was the winner in the category of Economics in the 2004 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers Inc.

Burns’ first book on personal finance was published by Doubleday in 1972. He began writing his personal finance column in 1977 for the Boston Herald American. He has been at the Morning News since 1985. Burns’ articles and columns have also appeared in Boston magazine, Playboy, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications. His books include “Squeeze It Till the Eagle Grins” and “Home, Inc.: The Hidden Wealth and Power of the American Household.”

In this interview, Burns described his work. He said, “I spend a lot more time reading than writing. Basically, I get paid to do all the reading and learning that no one else has the time to do. I read a lot of academic and investment professional papers and I look for connections to the real world. I also learn a lot from readers. Their letters are an early warning indicator of what’s being sold and how it’s being sold.”

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