Barbara Nevins Taylor

New York, NY

Too many people are scammed because they don’€™t have enough reliable information, especially when they get it from the Internet. In my years as a TV journalist, I exposed many scams and frauds. I won more than 50 journalism awards and 22 Emmys. But I felt sorry for the mothers, fathers and grandmothers who’d lost homes or life savings to predatory real estate salespeople, shady mortgage brokers and fraudulent investment advisors.

When I decided to leave television, I knew I had to do something that would allow me to grow and contribute to my community. That’s why I created, an online news site that went live in 2012. We use the latest digital and video storytelling techniques to provide accurate, clear, useful information on topics like mortgages and credit – fields that con artists commonly target. We also cover 55-plus concerns, Medicare, immigration issues, student loans and more. We aren’€™t a lobbying group. We don’t have an axe to grind. We’€™re just here to educate people.

Our audience is broad and growing. People over 55 and young immigrants alike come to for stories relevant to their lives, from a live Google hangout on Medicare open enrollment – a collaboration with the Medicare Rights Center – to a report on for-profit schools that exploit the aspirations of minorities and immigrants.

We find inspiring stories, too. Our new video series “€œLiving!”€ features people over 80 who continue to pursue their passions and find new interests.

The desire to be useful and make a difference in people’s lives is at the core of everything that I do. People in my family live very long lives. Three of my grandparents lived past 100. My mother lived to 95. If I’m going to live a long time, it has to be meaningful. People like me don’€™t retire.