Jaclyn Trop spends her free time googling "how to be badass" and then worries whether badass is one word or two.

She has never tried mustard because it was not allowed in her childhood home. She hates being called Jackie.

Jaclyn currently writes about the automotive industry for The New York Times. As a Knight-Bagehot fellow at Columbia Business School, she studied tools of modern business such as Microsoft Excel and free cash flows. Jaclyn holds a master’s degree in new media journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from Boston University.

She is a 2013 TedxDetroit speaker on the topic "What is news?" and a frequent radio guest. Jaclyn was honored as the Small Business Association of Michigan's 2011 Communicator of the Year and received a SABEW Best in Business award in 2012 for her coverage of Borders Group Inc.'s bankruptcy.

Hailing from Greenwich, Conn., Jaclyn has also lived in Boston, London, and Sydney. Jaclyn enjoys disco, golf, the Detroit Lions, tennis, skiing and practicing empathy. She is a PADI-certified advanced open water diver. Her favorite country is Iceland.

Jaclyn writes about books and travel for several magazines, her secret wish is to sit on an ice cream cake, and she is always serious.