Author; Former Washington Post Financial Writer

Stan Hinden, a retired Washington Post financial writer, is the author of How to Retire Happy. The 12 Most Important Decisions You Must Make Before You Retire. A revised and updated fourth edition was published in January 2013 by McGraw-Hill, New York. The book was inspired by Stan's column in The Washington Post, titled "Retirement Journal," which discussed the decisions, dilemmas and challenges that confront retirees and those who are planning to retire.

The "Retirement Journal" columns were inspired, in turn, by the experiences-both good and bad--that Stan and his wife, Sara, encountered while retiring.

Stan's column appeared each month in the Sunday Business section of The Washington Post from 1997 to 2004. In 1997, The Post nominated Stan's column for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. At the same time, the column won an award from the American University School of Communication and the Investment Company Institute for "excellence in personal finance reporting."

Before Stan retired from The Post in 1996, he spent 12 years in the Business section, writing about stocks and mutual funds. All together, Stan spent 23 years at the Post as a writer and editor, as part of his 45-year career in journalism.

During his years as a Washington Post financial writer, Stan covered many of the key events on Wall Street. Prior to joining the Post, Stan was the editor of National Journal, a weekly Washington publication devoted to federal policy-making. Previously, he worked at Newsday, the Long Island newspaper. While there, he served as national political correspondent, editorial page editor and political editor. He is listed in Who's Who in America. Stan was graduated from Syracuse University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He is married to Sara Hinden and lives in suburban Maryland.