Michelle Singletary to receive 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award


Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist at The Washington Post, will receive the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing’s highest honor, its Distinguished Achievement Award, for 2019. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant impact on the field of business journalism and who has served as a nurturing influence on others in the profession.  

“I am extremely honored to receive this prestigious award. I’m also humbled to be the first woman of color to be so honored. This award serves as gratifying acknowledgment that the simple wisdom imparted to me by my grandmother, Big Mama, is helping everyday people to navigate an increasingly complicated landscape of personal financial issues,” said Singletary. “My sincere thanks to SABEW for this wonderful recognition of my work in the community and at The Washington Post.” 

Singletary will accept the award at the Saturday, May 18, luncheon during the SABEW19 spring conference. She will share career highlights and insights on personal finance journalism during a special Q&A session led by Mark Hamrick, SABEW president and senior economic analyst and Washington bureau chief.  

“Michelle Singletary is a shining example of the power of business journalism to help people. She’s built her career around a mix of incisive reporting on personal finance issues, honest and realistic money advice, and a passion for engaging with her audience,” said Cory Schouten, senior newsletter editor for The Wall Street Journal and chair of the SABEW committee that nominated Singletary for the Distinguished Achievement Award. “Service is the through-line of Singletary’s nationally syndicated columns, online chats, email newsletters, TV appearances and books — work that has critical urgency as younger readers face unprecedented student debt and older ones are facing retirement without adequate savings.”  

Singletary’s Washington Post award-winning column, “The Color of Money,” is carried in dozens of newspapers across the country. Read more about Singletary’s impressive career.    

She is the author of several books, including “The 21-Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free” (Zondervan), “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” (Random House) and “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well with the Money You Have” (Random House).   

Singletary is the host of a popular weekly live online chat on She also writes two widely read weekly newsletters on retirement and personal finance, which are distributed by The Washington Post to 65,000 subscribers.   

The SABEW Distinguished Achievement Award was established in 1993, when it was awarded to Hobart Rowan of The Washington Post. There have been 25 prior recipients 

SABEW is the world’s largest association dedicated to business and financial journalism. Follow on Twitter @SABEW.    

For more information, contact Kathleen Graham, SABEW executive director, at

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