Joanna Nesbit, Freelance Writer

Joanna Nesbit

About Joanna

As a journalist, I write primarily about parenting, higher education, and personal finance with paying for college as a adeep-dive specialty. My consumer credits include Real Simple, US News & World Report, Washington Post, Work + Money, Next Avenue, Your Teen, Mother Nature Network, Parents, Parenting School Years, and FamilyFun. My work also has been picked up by the Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, MarketWatch, Forbes, and Yahoo Finance.

As a content marketing writer, I've written content and articles for, Microsoft's Mom's Homeroom website, Society of Grownups (Mass Mutual's financial learning initiative), UL's SafeBee site, Carnegie Dartlet's CollegeXpress website, University Parent, Subway's Subculture blog, and, a subsidiary of Trip Advisor.

You can find a list of my online articles at, but my website contains print articles in PDF format not available there (mostly family travel articles and Mom's Homeroom clips).

Before freelancing, I worked as a technical writer and editor for an engineering firm. Before that, I did stints as a proofreader, writing tutor, grammar teacher, baker, and breakfast cook. I have a BA in anthropology and an MA in English.

In my 20s, I spent four years traveling abroad through twenty countries, working as I went. Those years were amazing years and continue to influence who I am and the way I relate to the world. I still love to travel, but at the moment we're busy paying the college bills. Meanwhile, I love calling the Pacific Northwest home. I grew up on an island in the Salish Sea and now live in Bellingham, Washington with my husband and two college kids who are in the come-and-go phase.

Family vacation at Second Beach, Pacific Northwest Second Beach, Pacific Northwest
Family on Mt. Washburn in Yellowstone Family on Mt. Washburn, Yellowstone
Family hiking Chain Lakes Trail, Washington Chain Lakes Trail, Washington