- Master’s degree in integrated business from the University of Central Florida
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College
- Former member of the Society of Professional Journalists
- Has written professionally as a journalist since 2016
- First-place winner of the Florida Society of News Editors Journalism Contest
- Founded an independent student-run publication for the University of Central Florida
- Eagle Scout
Christian Simmons has worked as a professional journalist since 2016, covering a wide range of topics for a variety of publications. He currently covers Medicare and retirement topics for RetireGuide.com.
Before joining RetireGuide, Christian worked for United Way Worldwide, the Orlando Sentinel and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. His stories also appeared in the Dallas Morning News, New Orleans Advocate and Baltimore Sun, among other publications.
He has worked in both TV and radio, with Orlando CBS affiliate WKMG-TV and NPR affiliate WMFE-FM.
At the Orlando Sentinel, he covered the salary and financial disparities between men’s and women’s professional soccer, including how these differences were impacting athletes’ retirement and the sport as a whole.
Most recently at the United Way, Christian designed and implemented a comprehensive plan to engage current and retired NFL players with their local United Way chapters. He helped the athletes identify actions to leverage their wealth to improve their communities.
He also produced content highlighting how players use their earnings to make a difference.
Christian graduated from the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He was a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and founded an independent student-run publication that is still active today. He returned to UCF for graduate school, where he earned his master’s in integrated business.
His unique blend of business and writing backgrounds has equipped him to understand complex retirement topics and convey that information in an informed and easily digestible way.