Mike Brassfield is a veteran writer and editor. He worked in daily newspapers for more than 20 years, most of it at the Tampa Bay Times. After leaving newspapers, he worked for a defense contractor and a PR firm before joining The Penny Hoarder. He is a philosopher king. Born and raised in Kansas City, he graduated from the University of Kansas and has lived in the Tampa Bay area for 20 years. He's married with twin daughters.