My story

jenn photo“Fighting for you.” For 16 years, that’s been my motto as a consumer investigative reporter. The stories you shared with me exposed fraud, shut down businesses, sent people to prison, forced car manufacturers to fix 5 million melting dashboards, led to class action lawsuits, and legal action from Attorneys General, and prompted Palm Beach County to make changes to its gas sign ordinance.

So many of you have asked me for consumer advice throughout the years from whose the best contractor to hire or how not to get ripped off when buying a car. Your questions prompted this website. It’s a resource guide to empower you to make smart consumer decisions while staying on top of the latest consumer issues. While I got my start solving your problems, I’m branching out now that I’m a new mom. I’ll be solving everyday mommy problems, finding ways to make our lives more efficient, testing products, and tackling issues all new parents face.

My career began behind the scenes at ESPN. A fellow Syracuse grad gave me my first break. It was at a glamorous place, but wasn’t a glamorous job. My mission – log thousands of soccer games and create a video tape library system for ESPN International. I set my mind to it, and quickly got noticed earning a spot covering the Women’s World Cup. The production manager was reluctant to hire a kid in college, but my colleagues convinced him and two weeks later he apologized for almost passing me over.

From there, I travelled the country before landing back in Kansas City where we’ll raise our daughter with her cousins.

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My efforts have saved consumers countless amounts of money. One driver won more than a million dollars in a lawsuit that focused on a ripoff at Chad Franklin Suzuki.

For years, drivers in South Florida dealt with melting dashboards until I exposed the problem and prompted car manufacturers to take action. Five million drivers are now getting a free dashboard. The repairs cost on average between $1500 and $7000. In Lexus, vehicles, even door panels are replaced as they are melting too.

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A real estate deal that I exposed sent a man to prison. The State Attorney filed charges after we exposed the trail of lost money, and a jury convicted him.

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Joseph Schiavone Jr. in handcuffs after Jenn Strathman exposed his business practices

While you’ve seen me on TV for more than a decade, it’s now time to spend more time with my young daughter and focus my storytelling online. I’m excited for the new opportunities and expanding this blog to better serve you.

As a new mom, I’ll be sharing my thoughts and insights on the best products for new parents, money saving sites, and sharing the daily challenges facing all moms while still bringing you the consumer advice and tips you expect from me.

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I’ve won three Emmys, and three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for my investigations. I’ve also received numerous Emmy nominations. My stories have been recognized by the Ohio Associated Press, Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and twice by the Indiana SPJ.

My spare time
I like to fight for what’s right in the community and support organizations. I’ve been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over six years. I also work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Volunteering is as rewarding as my job. I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters as a tribute to my late sister. She was one month from graduating college with an education degree when she was tragically killed. It changed my life, and in honor of her I wanted to do something with children. It was her second grade class that taught me that it’s okay to laugh again. I never expected a group of second graders to help me through my grief journey.

I also never expected being a “Big” would be so rewarding. I think I’ve learned as much as my “Little.” My second “Little” (the one in KC) was diagnosed with Type I diabetes about a year or two into our partnership.

It changed her life, and as challenging as it was, I’m glad I was there to help her family cope. It was the least I could do after so many people helped me through my personal tragedy. Now, I’m committed to doing everything I can to find a cure for the millions of children who have to wear an insulin pump. It’s my “Little’s” dream to be insulin free some day, and I hope in my lifetime that comes true. Our message was displayed on a billboard in Kansas City as part of a JDRF campaign. 

In my spare time, I also love to travel and take photographs. Some of my favorite places that you should add to your bucket list — rafting the Colorado through the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone National Park — the Disney World of Mother Nature, Slovenia, Switzerland, and New Zealand. On my bucket list: an African Safari.

Let me know how I can help you be a smarter consumer, and send me your consumer tips. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or send me a comment below. You can also send consumer ideas, guest post requests, or press inquiries to strathmanjenn@icloud.com.

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  1. Jenn:

    We read your blog and I wanted to offer to have the President of BuildFax speak with you about your experience and their free report offering.

    When there is a lack of permit data on a BuildFax Report, is should be noted that this, too, is indeed valuable information. BuildFax obtains all of their data from the local building department’s electronic records. Therefore you’ll see what is actually on record for your property. It also reveals to the homeowner what permits were put on record and that maybe some of the work wasn’t properly recorded. Just like a credit report — if you’re mortgage wasn’t on there, wouldn’t you want to know why? We believe BuildFax is a starting point, a conversation opener, between the homeowner and homebuyer. We’d love to speak with you further and perhaps cover a few of the points you mentioned.

    We’d love to speak with you as we have with many reporters who are look at the reports and realizing some big things about their property based on the data provided and the data that’s not provided. Holly is an expert in this business and would be someone I know you’d really enjoy speak with.

    Kathleen Lucente
    Red Fan Communications LLC
    kathleen@redfancommunications.com
    Office phone (512) 551-9253
    Cell phone (512) 217-6352
    Fax (866) 715-6713

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