Ismat Sarah Mangla

Content Director in Manhattan, New York

I'm an award-winning journalist and content strategist with a passion for helping people make the best decisions with their money.

I'm experienced across all platforms: print, television and digital, with stints at a monthly magazine, a nightly cable show and a daily news website. I know how to tell stories with numbers and data, but I thrive on making them come alive with real people and elegant prose. I've covered everything from fraud in the funeral industry to the man who runs Pakistan's economy to the American Muslims who voted for Donald Trump.

I specialize in writing, editing and content marketing about personal finance, business, travel, religion and South Asian culture. My writing has been published in Money, Fortune, Quartz, Time, CNNMoney, MarketWatch, Al Jazeera America, International Business Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Detroit Free Press and Michigan Alumnus magazine, among others. As a staff writer at Time Inc.'s Money magazine, my work earned a Gerald Loeb Award and finalist nomination, a Henry Luce Award, a SABEW Best in Business Award, a Deadline Club finalist nomination and a National Magazine Award finalist nomination.

Most recently, I put my finance background to work as SEO content director at LendingTree, where I help manage a team of more than 25 staff editors and writers and a network of 100 freelance writers who produce content for half a dozen LendingTree-owned personal finance websites.

In a previous life, I was also the founder and editor of Nirali Magazine, a popular web magazine for the South Asian diaspora.

While I'm a Midwestern girl at heart, I live in New York City, where I spend way too much money on cabs.

  • Work
    • LendingTree
  • Education
    • University of Michigan
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism