Paula Pant is a podcast host, writer, speaker, and media commentator on financial independence, real estate investing, money management, and financial literacy.
She is the creator and host of the Afford Anything podcast, which has more than 30 million downloads, 3,000 reviews, and is ranked by Apple Podcasts as one of the Top 50 Business podcasts.
She is the founder of AffordAnything.com, a personal finance and financial independence website that draws 2.5 million annual pageviews and holds more than 78,000 email subscribers.
Paula is frequently quoted in financial media including Forbes, Kiplinger, Lifehacker, The New York Times, PBS, Marketplace Money, The Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, Inc Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider, The Simple Dollar, AssetBuilder, Wisebread, the Huffington Post and many more.
Her articles have appeared on dozens of major websites, including MSN Money, AOL DailyFinance, AARP Bulletin, Franklin Templeton, Bankrate, Hotpads, Trulia, Huffington Post, AOL Real Estate, H&R Block, The Balance and the Motley Fool.
She starred in the Netflix documentary Get Smart with Money, on which she also served as a Consulting Producer.
She was a 2022-23 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economic Journalism at Columbia University. She speaks at multiple conferences a year, including a keynote address at the World Domination Summit. She delivered a Talk at Google in the company’s Los Angeles office, which Google featured prominently on its YouTube page and podcast.
She won the Plutus Award (the highest award in personal finance digital media) for Podcast of the Year in 2017. She also won the Plutus Award’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 34.
By age 34, she also achieved this:
She won a Society of Professional Journalists award for online video reporting and was one of six journalists honored as an SPJ Diversity Fellow in 2010.
She has traveled to more than 40 countries. She graduated Magna cum Laude from the Honors Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a Masters in business and economic journalism from Columbia University.