welcome to eilene zimmerman

I’m an independent journalist (as well as a writer and editor) with interest and expertise in two broad areas. The first ZimmermanE13_019fincludes entrepreneurship, technology, small business and the workplace; the second includes social issues, social trends and family, like this piece in The Atlantic about homeless teens graduating from high school and this one, about the difficulties of preventing campus sexual assault. I have also written about the intersection of these areas, like this story, which breaks down what it costs to raise a child in the U.S., this one, about what happened to the original founders of the social network MySpace, and this Dealbook story, which looks at how short-term management of companies leads to a host of problems, both financial and societal.

I have been a regular contributor New York Times‘ Business Day sections for more than a decade. I used to write the small business blog/columns “Start” and “Tech Support,” as part of the “You’re The Boss” section and for nearly seven years I penned the monthly “Career Couch” column, which ended in 2013. In addition to my work for the New York Times, I also write a column about startups and technology for Forbes. Over the years my work has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Harper’s, CNNMoney.com, Salon.com, Crain’s NY Business, GlamourThe San Francisco ChronicleSlate.comThe AtlanticHuffington Post, Real Simple, MIT Technology ReviewPsychology Today, CNBC.comFortune Small Business, Martha Stewart Living and other national publications.

Outside of my journalism work I provide writing, editing and research services for corporations, nonprofits and public relations/strategic communications firms. Please visit  ContentMatters for a more detailed explanation of the services I provide and a listing of clients.

In addition to my professional work, I tutor students at The Monarch School in San Diego. The Monarch School is the largest school for homeless children in the nation. Learn more about the school and how you can lend support here.