The Zebra Content Team

Meet our expert insurance writers and reviewers

Why you can trust The Zebra

The Zebra partners with some of the companies we write about. However, our content is written and reviewed by an independent team of editors and licensed agents. Reference our data methodology and learn more about how we make money.

The Zebra's Expert Insurance Writers

All of our staff writers are licensed insurance experts with years of collective experience. To get a better idea of their backgrounds and contributions to The Zebra, have a look at the list below.

Renata Balasco - Content Strategist
Renata Balasco
Content Strategist

Renata is a licensed insurance professional and content strategist responsible for creating home and auto insurance guides for The Zebra...

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Kristine Lee
Kristine Lee
Manager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer.

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance...

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Ava Lynch
Ava Lynch
Senior Analyst

Ava joined The Zebra as a writer and licensed insurance agent in 2016. She now works as a senior analyst, providing insights and data analysis as one of The Zebra's property and casualty insurance experts...

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Ross Martin
Ross Martin
Manager, Content Quality

Ross joined The Zebra as a writer and researcher in 2019. As a licensed insurance agent, he specializes in writing insurance content to help shoppers make informed decisions...

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Susan Meyer
Susan Meyer
Senior Editorial Manager

Susan is a licensed insurance agent and has worked as a writer and editor for over 10 years across a number of industries...

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Expert insurance reviewers

The Zebra's content is reviewed by members of our in-house insurance agency. Our review team is made up of professionals from many areas of the insurance industry. Collectively, we employ some of the most knowledgeable minds in the insurance space to ensure our content is helpful and accurate. 

Katie Gold
Katie Gold
Customer Service Manager

Katie has worked in the insurance industry for more than 12 years. She started her career in claims with Allstate insurance, but with a background in sales, quickly moved to the agency side...

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Nathan Foster
Nathan Foster
Agency Trainer

Nathan is an insurance professional with a focus on creating positive customer experiences with more than 10 years of industry experience. Nathan trains multiple teams of licensed insurance professionals in auto and home insurance...

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The Zebra's content contributors

The Zebra publishes content on a variety of subjects. To help us provide the freshest insights we employ a number of professional writers. Have a look at our contributors below. 

Joey Held

As a writer, Joey Held has specialized in business, marketing, sports, music and insurance topics for more than a decade...

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Christopher Murray

Christopher Murray is a professional personal finance and sustainability writer with six years of experience. He writes about everything from budgeting to unique investing options like SRI and cryptocurrency...

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Courtney Roy

Courtney Roy is an insurtech writer and expert in multiple lines of insurance. He has a P & C insurance license, a life insurance license and a real estate license.

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Marria Qibtia Sikandar

Marria has a decade of experience delivering professional content across a number of industries. Her writing expertise extends to insurance, technology, marketing, e-commerce, SaaS and fintech...

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Editorial policy

The Zebra aims to provide the highest quality insurance guides on the internet. Our content teams are composed of experienced editors and licensed insurance agents and experts whose focus is to create unbiased, comprehensive and accurate resources that help insurance shoppers. 

While we do partner with a number of insurance companies, we maintain complete editorial independence. Our evaluations of our partners' products are entirely our own. As The Zebra is an insurance marketplace, we are not tied to any one insurance company, allowing us to provide unbiased reviews and trustworthy guidance rooted in data and expertise.

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About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.
  • The Zebra’s insurance editorial content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.
  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.
  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.