welcome to eilene zimmerman
For 25 years I have been a journalist, writer and editor covering two broad areas: business and social issues. I’ve written about everything from the job market, executive life and the workplace to technology, small business and startups. I have been a regular contributor to The New York Times “Business Day” section for more than 13 years; for nearly seven of those I penned the monthly “Career Couch” column in the Sunday Business section. I also wrote the small business blog/columns “Start” and“Tech Support.”

In addition to my work for the New York Times, my writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Harper’s, CNNMoney.com, Salon.com, Crain’s NY Business, GlamourThe San Francisco ChronicleSlate.comThe Atlantic, Huffington PostReal SimpleMIT Technology ReviewPsychology TodayCNBC.comFortune Small Business, Martha Stewart Living and other national publications.

Over the years I have also written about social issues and societal trends like homelessness, sexual assault on campus, the phenomenon of “High School Musical” and PTSD among veterans.

In 2017, I moved from the west to the east coast and started graduate school for a master’s degree in social work, which will not only qualify me for another profession but will also—I hope—give me new vistas to write about.

I am continuing to occasionally contribute to The New York Times, but just finished writing a memoir, Smacked: A Story of White-Collar Ambition, Addiction, and Tragedy based on this New York Times’ feature story. 

Smacked will be released February 2020, but you can preorder on Amazon today!

In addition to my professional work, I spent many years tutoring and mentoring 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.