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Melissa S. Bristow

Managing Editor
the Kiplinger letters

As Managing Editor of the Kiplinger letters, Bristow oversees the staff of editors and reporters who produce the weekly Kiplinger Letter as well as the biweekly Kiplinger Tax and Kiplinger Agriculture letters. She's a hands-on journalist, who does much of the writing and editing of The Kiplinger Letter, as well as editing the "Practical Economics" column and Economic Outlooks on Kiplinger.com. Bristow started her career at Kiplinger nearly 30 years ago as assistant editor of the Agriculture Letter. She is a graduate of Smith College.

Latest Features

Practical Economics
August 2013

Why the Smart Money Is on Janet Yellen as the Next Fed Chairman

The key difference between Yellen and Larry Summers isn’t gender or ideology but club membership.

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FORECASTS
December 2011

Looking Back at 2011: Our Forecasting Hits and Misses

We know you count on Kiplinger for guidance. So we're our own harshest critic.

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FORECASTS
December 2010

Make Way for Generation Y

How the 77-million-strong Millennials will reshape workplaces and marketplaces in the decades to come.

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FORECASTS
December 2010

Looking Back at 2010: How Did We Do?

We know you count on our advice. So we're our own harshest critic.

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FORECASTS
December 2009

Even Now, Firms Struggle
To Find Skilled Staff

There may be plenty of workers in the market, but too few have the education and skills needed to do the job.

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FORECASTS
October 2009

Firms Share Lessons of the Recession

In the brutal economic slump, few companies have been left untouched. Businesses told us they’ll do things differently in the future.

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FORECASTS
January 2009

2010 Likely to See Major Debate
On Education

Obama has the backing of businesses as he seeks to make big changes.

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FORECASTS
January 2009

Employers Face a Disturbing Education Gap

Hiring skilled workers promises to be even harder in coming years if current trends in school test scores continue.

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Washington Matters
February 2008