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Rodney Brooks

Rodney A. Brooks is the Senior Writer and Editor at SRB Communications. He writes and edits copy for all creative collateral including print, radio, TV and digital ads, newsletters and other written collateral. He is also provides strategic consulting for SRB Communications’ and all client’s branding efforts.


Previously, Brooks worked for 30 years as Deputy Managing Editor/Personal Finance and retirement columnist for USA TODAY. As personal finance editor, Brooks coordinated all personal finance on all platforms for USA TODAY – including reporters, copy editors, assignment editors, graphic designers, digital media specialists, and columnists. He joined USA TODAY in 1985 as an assignment editor in the Money section and was later named deputy managing editor.


Brooks is author of Is One Million Dollars Enough: A Guide to Planning for and Living Through a Successful Retirement, published in February, 2015.


Previously he was assistant business editor, assistant city editor and business writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has also worked as a reporter or editor for The Bulletin in Philadelphia, the Asheville Citizen-Times in Asheville, N.C. and the Ithaca Journal in Ithaca, N.Y.


A native of Linden, N.J., Brooks received a B.S. in Communication Arts from Cornell University. He received an executive certificate in financial planning from Georgetown University in 2010. Brooks was also selected as a McCormick-Tribune fellow in 2008 and as part of the program completed the Advanced Executive Program (AEP) at the Media Management Center at Northwestern University. The Media Management Center is operated jointly by the Kellogg School of Business and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.


Brooks serves on the board of the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) and the APME Foundation. He previously served as treasurer and member of the executive board of the NABJ for four years and later served as co-chair of the finance committee. He received the 2007 NABJ President's Award for his contributions to that organization. He has also served on the board of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW).


Brooks is a member of the APME, the NABJ, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), SABEW; the Trotter Group, a national association of African American columnists; the Cornell Alumni Association and the Cornell Black Alumni Association.