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Kathy Yakal has been writing about personal computer applications since 1983, when she joined the editorial staff of COMPUTE! Publications in Greensboro, NC. She was hired because she could write, not for any technical knowledge she possessed. Everyone was learning as they went in those days because the industry was so young and fast-moving, so she learned as she wrote. Though the computers she worked with were primitive compared to today's, she began to understand the impact they could have on peoples' lives, both personally and professionally.
She began specializing in financial solutions in 1989, writing a newsletter for CPAs who were exploring the use of personal computers in their firms. Since then, she has contributed to numerous print and web-based publications. She was a Contributing Editor for Barron's for 11 years, and helped launch Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine in the 90s. And she's covered personal finance, small business accounting, and tax preparation applications for PC Mag since 1993.
Yakal also does a lot of ghostwriting these days, producing columns and blogs and social media entries for CPAs and other small businesspeople to distribute under their own names.
It's been fascinating for her to watch the evolution of personal technology, and it's hard for her to imagine life without computers now. She still regrets that she didn't pursue a career in medicine (a college chemistry class derailed her dreams), but she's glad she's found a niche in the PC industry where she can share her knowledge and assessment of the applications that help consumers and businesspeople manage their work and home lives more efficiently and effectively. She pursues her interest in health care through volunteer work.
A native of the Midwest, Yakal has enjoyed living on both coasts. She currently lives in St. Paul, MN. If she wasn't writing about technology, she'd probably be doing something that involved dogs.
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