Dyan Machan is a contributing editor at Barron's and a writer of CEO Spotlight, which features leaders of widely held public companies. In 2012, Machan won a National Headliner Award from The Press Club for her column Smart Ideas as well as a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Prior to Barron's, Machan was a senior writer at Smart Money magazine, contributor to SmartMoney.com and columnist of Smart Ideas since 2006. Before Smart Money Machan was a senior editor at Forbes for more than a decade. At Forbes, she developed a successful column called The Forbes Lunch that invited readers to share lunch with a mover and shaker of the moment. In 1999 while at Forbes, Machan won Business Journalist of the Year (Global Awards for Business Journalism). Prior to Forbes, Machan was an associate editor at Financial World magazine. She graduated cum laude from Kent State University School of Journalism.
I was born in Akron, Ohio and gravitated to business writing because my Dad was a subscriber to Forbes plus my third grade teacher thought I had talent. While I was in college, I won first place in a limerick-writing contest that awarded me my first trip out of the US (fishing in Canada doesn't count). After graduating, I packed a gym bag and bought a one-way plane ticket to New York City. I networked my way to a job at an investors' newsletter. It was called Money Management Letter and I eventually became managing editor, a lofty title for what I did. After that, I joined Forbes where I worked for 15 years, covering every industry imaginable. After leaving Forbes, I thought it would be nice to introduce myself to my children (I have twin boys). I freelanced for a few years, which was great except I managed to lose money on most of those assignments. When I couldn't afford freelancing any more, I joined Smart Money in 2006. When it folded in 2012, I joined Barron's where I work now. In my career, I have met three presidents and interviewed two heads of state. I may still hold the record for chin-ups at Lincoln Elementary in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. It was a victory of will over strength. That sums me up.