Karen E. Klein is a Los Angeles-based columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Los Angeles Times. She has also written for Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Daily News and Sunset magazine.
For more than a decade, she's focused on small business and retirement planning. She is the "Smart Answers" columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the "Q&A" columnist for the L.A. Times' Small Business section.
Her "Smart Answers" podcast won a gold medal at the 2009 Azbee Awards sponsored by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.
For six years, she wrote the "Retirement Planner" and "Ask the Expert" columns for Newsday. In addition, her byline has appeared in Entrepreneur and other national business publications.
In the 1990s, Karen helped create the "Business Makeover" and "Small Talk" columns for the business section of Los Angeles Times and wrote a five-part series on faith-based development for the Times' real estate section. She also profiled Southern California judges for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and wrote about science and the environment for The World and I.
In the 1980s, Karen was a staff writer at the Orange Coast Daily Pilot and the Los Angeles Daily News, where she covered the federal court and wrote about the Mexico City earthquake and the arrest of the Night Stalker.
She's a 1982 graduate of the University of Southern California, with degrees in English and journalism, and a member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
Karen does more than write about small business. In 2002, Karen and fellow journalist Brad Haugaard launched The Orange Cat, an e-newsletter and website for parents. The online business pioneered a successful model of aggregating family events and attracting local advertisers as well as a substantial list of subscribers. The Orange Cat was acquired in 2009.