BEN MATTLIN is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. His credits include The New York Times, NPR's "Morning Edition," CNN.com, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, WashingtonPost.com, Newsweek, Self magazine, Mark Taper Forum, Blonde and Brunette Productions, and the children's television program Biker Mice From Mars.
He's a frequent contributor to Financial Advisor magazine and author of the memoir Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity.
A former contributing editor to Institutional Investor and the late Windows in Financial Services, Dealmaker, Buyside, and Individual Investor magazines, he's also written for many other financial and general-interest publications, corporate Web sites, and blogs.
Mattlin has appeared on ABC's Prime Time Live, CNN, and E! Entertainment Network; been interviewed on NPR; WBAI, New York; KKFI and KPFK, Los Angeles; KSLC, Salt Lake City; and CKNW, Vancouver; and been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, Penthouse, and USA Today.
Born in New York City in 1962, Mattlin graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1984. He lives with his wife, two daughters, a cat, and a turtle in Los Angeles.
WRITING & EDITING EXPERIENCE
Financial Advisor… (2010-present)
Propose story ideas, generate leads, research, and write a broad spectrum of articles of interest to financial planners, estate lawyers, CPAs, and others in the industry. Identify relevant sources and conduct phone and e-mail interviews with financial advisors nationwide. Extensive coverage of long-term care, annuities, and insurance. Cover story profiling the nation's top independent advisory firm.
Institutional Investor …(1997-present)
Research and write a wide variety of features. Conduct telephone interviews with and write profiles of sell-side and buy-side securities analysts across the U.S., U.K., Continental Europe, Asia and Latin America for the magazine's All-America Research Team and other rankings.
Write market overviews and profiles of securities-research departments, including cover stories, with biographies of principals and "best buy" lists.
On Investing …(1999-2002)
Propose, research and write cover stories and other features for this quarterly produced by Bloomberg for Charles Schwab clients.
Thomson Reuters/Multex.com …(1997-2002)
Generate ideas and write stock profiles and other articles on an increasingly frequent basis, ultimately weekly, for this online newsletter and database for individual investors.
Capital Group Companies …(2000-2001)
Part-time Web Module Writer
Write content for retirement-planning tax modules and asset allocation modules for the web sites of Capital Research and Management and Capital International Asset Management, respectively.
Individual Investor …(1999-2001)
Write cover stories, stock profiles and how-to features for this consumer monthly. Take assignments and propose story ideas.
Other Free-lance Writing and Editing …(1984-present)
(details upon request)
Create general-interest and specialty articles for print and online, op-ed pieces, TV scripts.
Harvard University …(1984)
A.B., Cum Laude. Major: Social Studies, an interdisciplinary honors concentration. Dean's List. Honorary John Harvard Scholarship. Student government.
Personal appearances on ABC's Prime Time Live, CNN, E! Entertainment Network, NPR's "Morning Edition," KFI and KPFK, Los Angeles, and KSLC, Salt Lake City. Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and USA Today. Member Authors Guild of America. Personal: married, two children; interests include computers, books (reading & writing), film.
Writing samples linked at left. Other information upon request.