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    As one of the nation's largest and most-respected credit counseling and debt management agencies, Take Charge America is considered a trusted source for many types of news organizations.

    2014

    Credit Expert Says Reverse Mortgage Might be a Good Idea
    Jan. 22, 2014, KTAR Radio

    Chief Education Officer Take Charge America explains how a reverse mortgage works, and when it may be beneficial.Read More...

    Brown Appointed to TCA Board of Directors
    Jan. 21, 2014, AZ Business Magazine

    Kerwin Brown, the president and CEI of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, joins the Take Charge America Board of Directors.Read More...

    The Do's and Don'ts of Reverse Mortgages
    Jan. 21, 2014, MarketWatch

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains the benefits and disadvantages of obtaining a reverse mortgage loan.Read More...

    10 Tips to Pay Off Holiday Debt as Quickly as Possible
    Jan. 7, 2014, ABC 15 Phoenix

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan helps consumers bail out of debt from the holidays.Read More...

    2013

    5 Ways Emotion Can Wreck Your Finances
    Dec. 16, 2013, Marketplace

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan helps consumers identify the warning signs of making emotional purchases.Read More...

    Take Charge of Technology
    Dec. 2, 2013, BankRate.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan helps seniors navigate finances in today's high tech world.Read More...

    'Occupy' Joins Ranks of Prepaid Debit Cards
    Oct. 26, 2013, AZCentral.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan discuss fees associated with prepaid debt cards.Read More...

    What Everyone Needs to Know About Protecting Personal Data
    Oct. 22, 2013

    Mike Sullivan provides consumers tips on preventing identity theft.Read More...

    7 Ways to Save on Moving Expenses
    Oct. 15, 2013, Sun Sentinel

    Mike Sullivan, of Take Charge America, explains how consumers can save money when relocating.Read More...

    10 Options for Paying Off Federal Student Loans
    Sept. 9, 2013, Herald Online

    Take Charge America offers consumers tips and programs to manage student loan debt.Read More...

    3 Money Mistakes that Can Land You in Debt
    Sept. 6, 2013, Fox Business

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains why it's so important to read the fine print on credit card offers. Read More...

    Doubtful Companies Use Facebook to Check Finances
    Aug. 28, 2013, KTAR-Phoenix

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan discusses credit reporting and social media. Read More...

    How to Get What You Want From Your Credit Issuer
    Aug 15, 2013, CreditCardGuide.com

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan explains do's and don'ts for negotiating credit card rates.Read More...

    Do You Need a Home Warranty?
    Aug. 9, 2013, Market Watch

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan helps consumers understand who needs home warranties and why.Read More...

    Take Charge America Assists 10,000 Arizona Homeowners with Housing Counseling
    Aug 1, 2013, Arizona Business Magazine

    Arizona Business Magazine reports on a service milestone achieved by the housing counseling department. Read More...

    Financial Expert: Buying a Home Warranty is a Good Idea
    July 31, 2013, KTAR Radio, Phoenix

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan explains the benefits of a home warranty. Read More...

    Living on Cash to Avoid Debt?
    July 8, 2013, MainStreet.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers advice about living on cash versus credit cards. Read More...

    TCA Awarded $300k for Foreclosure Counseling
    July 8, 2013, AZ Business Magazine

    Take Charge America is awarded funding by the Arizona Attorney General's Office to expand one-on-one foreclosure prevention counseling. Read More...

    Expert Suggests Three Plans to Help Save for College
    June 7, 2013, KTAR Radio

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers tips on how parents stash away cash for their children's college funds. Read More...

    Few in Arizona Compare Offers When Shopping for Credit Cards
    June 7, 2013, Inside Tucson Business

    Mike Sullivan discusses consumer knowledge of credit card offers and rates. Read More...

    The Cost of Rising Student Loan Debt
    May 27, 2013, KJZZ-NPR

    Mike Sullivan, chief education officer for Take Charge America, discusses the consequences of too much student loan debt. Read More...

    Save Money and Avoid Stress Before Vacation
    May 1, 2013, MarketWatch Radio

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers tips on how families can save more money ahead of the summer vacation rush. Read More...

    Dave Paddison: On the Move
    April 25, 2013, Phoenix Business Journal

    Take Charge America announces Dave Paddison as the new director of finance. Read More...

    Title Loans Hurt Poor, Critics Say
    April 1, 2013, Arizona Republic

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan explains how some payday loan companies shifted to title loans. Read More...

    Justin Bieber, A Pre-Paid Debit Card & Your Kid
    February 21, 2013, WFMY-TV, Greensboro

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan offers advice about a pre-paid debt card for teens.Read More...

    Managing Money: To Lend of Not to Lend?
    February 10, 2013, Family Goes Strong

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan offers tips for deciding whether to provide financial help for parents and grown children is a good idea. Read More...

    3 Ways to Improve Your Credit Score
    February 8, 2013 , KNXV, Phoenix

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan discusses credit moves that could impact your credit score. Read More...

    Tips for Helping Friends and Family with Money Problems
    January 30, 2013, Not Just… Another Baby Boomer Blog

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan offers tips on when it's appropriate to help loved ones with financial issues, and how to do so. Read More...

    Take Charge America Announces New CEO
    January 18, 2013, AZ Business Magazine

    David Richardson is promoted from chief financial officer to chief executive officer. Read More...

    Students Given More Options for Loan Repayment
    January 17, 2013, KTAR-Radio

    Mike Sullivan, chief education officer, discusses student loan forgiveness. Read More...

    Feasible Money Challenge for 2013
    January 14, 2013, The Arizona Republic/AZCentral.com

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan offers savings tips for the New Year. Read More...

    Best, Worst Times to Close a Credit Cards
    January 5, 2013, Bankaholic

    Chief Education Officer Mike Sullivan explains when you should close a credit card, and when you shouldn't. Read More...

    2012

    Credit Cards for Good Credit?
    December 22, 2012, Newton Citizen

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains the do's and don'ts of closing credit cards. Read More...

    More Shoppers Expected to Hit the Stores for Black Friday Sales
    November, 23, 2012, Newton Citizen

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers consumers advice ahead of the holiday shopping frenzy. Read More...

    5 Ways to Save on Health Care
    October 30, 2012, TheStreet.com

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan helps consumers save more money on health care expenses. Read More...

    More Households Face Mounting Student Debt
    September 28, 2012, KTAR-Radio

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan providers readers with advice on managing student loan debt. Read More...

    Credit Pros Advise Caution When Applying for Student Loans
    September 13, 2012, KTAR-Radio, Phoenix

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers questions that you should consider before applying for student loans. Read More...

    Before Taking Student Loans, Answer These Four Questions
    September 13, 2012, The Street

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan helps students make smart financial decisions when it comes to student loans. Read More...

    Are You Financially Fit?
    September 6, 2012, KTVK-TV, Phoenix

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan discusses financial moves consumers should make before they hit ages 30, 40 and 50. Read More...

    Expecting? Plan to Save Before the Baby Comes
    August 15, 2012, MarketWatch

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers new parents tips on how to save money when a new baby comes home. Read More...

    Teachers to Get Financial Training
    July 20, 2012, Phoenix Business Journal

    Take Charge America donates $15,000 to Family Economics & Financial Education to send 15 middle and high school teachers to a national financial conference. Read More...

    5 Things Your Credit Card Company Negotiate
    July 18, 2012, The Street

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan explains do's and don'ts for negotiating with credit card companies. Read More...

    Financial Summer School for Kids
    June 18, 2012, Fox Business

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, offers parents tips to teach kids about money over the summer. Read More...

    How to Raise Fiscally Responsible Children (and Grandchildren)
    June 13, 2012, Family Goes Strong

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan provides tips on how to teach your kids about money and set them up on the fast track to reaching saving goals. Read More...

    3 Debts to Consider Not Paying Off
    June 06, 2012, Forbes.com

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, educates readers about paying off old debts. Read More...

    9 Things You Should Know About Balance Transfers
    April 25, 2012, CreditCards.com

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, offers consumers tips on the most effective way to utilize balance transfers. Read More...

    3 Steps to De-clutter Your Finances
    April 20, 2012, Green Living Magazine

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, offers readers tips on organizing finances, including online banking, halting credit card offers and shredding records. Read More...

    How to Avoid Digging a Deep Debt Hole
    March 18, 2012, The Arizona Republic/AZCentral.com

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan helps parents avoid debt while kids are in college. Read More...

    Take Charge America Named Healthiest Employers by Phoenix Business Journal
    March 16, 2012, Phoenix Business Journal

    TFollowing the implementation of a company-wide health and wellness program, Take Charge America is honored as one of the Phoenix areas healthiest employers (mid-sized companies). Read More...

    Experts Give Advice to Rebuild Finances
    February 25, 2012, The Arizona Republic/AZCentral.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers viewers tips on how to improve their use of credit. Read More...

    Reverse Mortgages are More Popular
    February 21, 2012, KVOA-NBC, Tucson

    Reverse mortgage counselor Marga Garza explains the pros and cons of reverse mortgage loans for senior homeowners. Read More...

    Investigators Warn About Co-sign Dangers
    February 16, 2012, KVOA-NBC, Tucson

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan informs viewers about the potential outcomes of co-signing a loan for a family member or friend. Read More...

    Personal Loans Come Back
    February 11, 2012, The Wall Street Journal

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains when debt consolidation can assist consumers with personal finance management. Read More...

    What You Can Do to Improve Your Credit Score
    February 8, 2012, KNXV-ABC, Phoenix

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan consumer tips on better managing retirement savings and income taxes. Read More...

    'Digging Out' Preparing for Looming Layoffs
    January 25, 2012, KVOA-NBC, Tucson

    Director of Education Mike Sullivan offers viewers advice on how to financially prepare for a job layoff. Read More...

    Arizonans Among Quickest in U.S. to Get Out of Credit Card Debt
    January 18, 2012, KTAR.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains how creditor actions are contributing to lower credit card debt levels in Arizona and across the nation. Read More...

    10 Painless (and Not So Painless) Debt Fixes
    January 4, 2012, CreditCardGuide.com

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, offers consumers budgeting and credit card tips. Read More...

    2011

    Executive Profile: John Fisher, President & CEO, Take Charge America
    December 2, 2011, Phoenix Business Journal

    Take Charge America CEO is profiled in the Phoenix area's predominant business newspaper. Read More...

    5 Gift Ideas to Teach Kids About Money
    November 29, 2011, MSN Money

    Financial lesson plans developed by Take Charge America are featured as a an educational present for young ones around the holidays. Read More...

    Avoid this Shopping No-No's and Save This Holiday
    November 21, 2011, Market Watch

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan reveals common spending blunders, as well as opportunities to save on gifts, parties and more. Read More...

    To Foreclose or Not to Foreclose
    November 16, 2011, KVOA-Ch. 4, Tucson

    Housing counselor Anthony Paiano helps viewers understand whether foreclosure is the right option or now. Read More...

    How to Dispute Charges on Your Credit Report
    November 16, 2011, KTVK-Ch. 3, Phoenix

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, explains how false charges can appear on your credit report. Read More...

    Digging Out: Money Talks
    November 2, 2011, KVOA-Ch. 4, Tucson

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take Charge America, offers consumers tips on how to have an effective "money talk" with their partners. Read More...

    5 Ways to save with a 0 APF Credit Card Offer
    September 22, 2011, Credit Card Guide

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan helps consumers understand the fine print behind amazing credit card offers. Read More...

    5 Ways to Save Big onAuto Insurance
    September 28, 2011, eHow.com

    Mike Sullivan, director of education for Take ChargeAmerica, offers consumers tips on how they can save money on auto insurance. Read More...

    Beware of FinancialPitfalls of Going Back to School
    September 27, 2011, KVOA-Ch. 4 Tucson

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains the impactstudent loans and credit cards can have on college students. Read More...

    Americans Learn toLive Without Debt
    September 9, 2011, Reuters
     

    Take Charge America assist consumers who are struggling withdebt, and trying to save for the future. Read More...

    Multiple CreditScores Causing Confusion for Consumers
    August 23, 2011, KTVK-Ch. 3 Phoenix

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains thecomplexities what consumers need to know about their credit scores. Read More...

    Workplace Wellness:Take Charge America Emphasizes Health
    August 12, 2011, Phoenix Business Journal

    Take Charge America is featured for its efforts to improvethe health of employees. Read More..

    How to Cut Expensive Bills this Summer
    July 22, 2011, KNXV-Ch. 15 Phoenix, Smart Family

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers viewers tips on how to slash a variety of household bills during the summer months. Read more...

    How to Cut Expensive Bills this Summer
    July 22, 2011, KNXV-Ch. 15 Phoenix, Smart Family

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers viewers tips on how to slash a variety of household bills during the summer months. Read more...

    Tips for Buying a Home
    July 11, 2011, KTVK-Ch. 3 Phoenix

    Housing Supervisor Jonathan Carney offers Phoenix-area residents tips on buying their first homes. Read more...

    New Finance Requirement for High School Students
    July 5, 2011, AZCentral.com/KPNX-Ch. 12 Phoenix, School Solutions

    Education Outreach Specialist Stacia Edmonds explains how Take Charge America is helping high school students learn the basic of personal finance ahead of a new Arizona state mandate. Read more...

    Only Tap an IRA, 401(k) as a Last Resort
    June 26, 2011, AZCentral.com/The Arizona Republic

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan offers struggling consumers advice and alternatives to cashing out retirement accounts early. Read more...

    Lack of Financial Savvy Hinders Youth in Debt
    April 25, 2011, AZCentral.com/The Arizona Republic

    The Arizona Republic explores the need for increased financial education among America's young adults. Take Charge America offers its expertise and explains the benefits of debt management programs. Read more...

    What is Generation Boomerang?
    April 15, 2011, KNXV-Ch. 15 Sonoran Living

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains what Generation Boomerang is, and how both parent and adults children should cope financially. Read more...

    Generation Boomerang Flies Back to the Roost as College Grads
    April 13, 2011, KNXV-Ch. 15, Smart Family

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan explains how parents should handle the financial impact of "Generation Boomerang." Read more...

    4 Things to Think About Before Co-signing a Loan
    April 11, 2011, KTVK-Ch. 3 Phoenix/AZFamily.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan discusses some of the little-known facts of co-signing a loan for a family member or friend. Read more...

    No Credit Cards for Stay-at-Home Moms
    April 6, 2011, KPNX-Ch. 12/AZCentral.com

    Take Charge America's Mike Sullivan discusses the impact of federal credit card regulations on stay-at-home moms and other adults without their own income. Read more...

    Take Charge America Assists Arizona Homeowners in 12 News Home Mod-a-Thon
    March 2, 2011, KPNX-Ch. 12/AZCentral.com

    Housing counselors from Take Charge America assisted hundreds of Ch. 12 News viewers struggling to make their mortgage payments during a live phone bank on February 28 and March 1. Read more...

    ASU Honors Alum Killed In Arizona Shooting
    February 24, 2011, ABCNews.com

    Take Charge America is recognized for scholarship donation following the untimely shooting death of Gabe Zimmerman, congressional aide to Arizona Rep. Gabriel Giffords. Read more...

    Divorce, Never Easy, Can be Made Easier
    January 23, 2011, Times Herald-Record

    Take Charge America offers financial tips to consumers going through a divorce. Read more...

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