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Alina Tugend

Alina Tugend

American journalist, public speaker and writer.

Alina Tugend, author of Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong, has been a journalist for nearly 30 years and for the past six has written the ShortCuts column for The New York Times business section.

She has written about education, environmentalism, and consumer culture for numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, and Parents, and is a Huffington Post contributor. Alina was awarded the 2011 Best in Business Award for Personal Finance by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

She lives outside New York City with her husband and their two sons.


September 23, 1959
Alina Tugend was born in Los Angeles.


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