Trae is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who has specialized in smart shopping, budget-friendly living, personal finance, family travel, and retail for more than a decade. She has appeared on TV over 1,000 times; including Today Show, GMA, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, and network affiliates nationwide.

She has been selected as a founding member of the Kiplinger Advisor Collective, named one of 5 Black Financial Influencers to Follow in 2024 by Nerdwallet, one of 10 Best Savvy Shopping Bloggers for 2024 by Cardrates, a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn, and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and FlexJobs. Her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Forbes, Time, Marketwatch, MSN,, Kiplinger, Yahoo, and numerous others.

Trae is also co-founder of the media coaching firm, One Take, and the cult cosmetic brand, Three Custom Color Specialists.​ She is a frequent panel, podcast, and IG Live guest, addressing such topics as saving money, shopping strategies, media relations, entrepreneurship, and how to navigate the media landscape as an on-air talent and expert source.   

She loves delicious food, vintage fashion, art, music, and exploring new places. She spends her free time with her 17-year-old daughter, Sadie Mae, her husband, Chris, their rabbit, Willow, and family and friends.


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