Lynn O’Shaughnessy 1974
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Lynn O’Shaughnessy - 1974 - Journalism

When Lynn O’Shaughnessy attended IWA, she dreamed of becoming a writer. Upon graduation in 1974, Lynn attended the University Of Missouri School of Journalism where she earned her degree and started her career as a reporter at Memphis Press-Scimitar. She later began writing for the Kansas City Times, where she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her exposé on the meatpacking industry. For more than six years, Lynn was a political and government reporter for the Los Angeles Times.  

After leaving the newspaper world in the 1990s, Lynn became a financial journalist and freelanced for such media organizations as Business Week, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, Money and The New York Times. She authored three financial books, including The Retirement Bible and Investing Bible. What many might now know is that Lynn also ghostwrote a financial book that was a New York Times bestseller! 

In the mid-2000s, Lynn began exploring an area that the media rarely examines - finding and paying for colleges. She wrote the Amazon bestseller, The College Solution, which is now in its second edition. She writes about college for CBS MoneyWatch and her own blog TheCollegeSolution.com. As a nationally recognized higher-ed expert, Lynn gives talks around the country about making smart college decisions and she has written or been interviewed on the subject by many national media outlets.  

Lynn lives in San Diego with her husband/journalist Bruce V. Bigelow, who did manage to win a Pulitzer Prize! Married for 29 years, Lynn and Bruce have two children, Caitlin, a college graduate and a product of the only girls’ high school in San Diego (Academy of Our Lady of Peace,) and Ben, who is a senior at Beloit College.