Thomas Jefferson High School’s Senior Produces Weekly Podcast Giving Financial Advice

Whitman Ochiai is a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. He produces a weekly podcast with topics ranging from an introduction to taxes, to socially conscious purchasing, to tips for online shopping, and even a basic rundown on what the Federal Reserve is.

Ochiai, a Great Falls resident, has a free podcast giving financial advice to his fellow teens

According to, “Ochiai, whose father is a surgeon and whose mother works for the federal government, got the idea for his podcast after the 35-day government shutdown in late 2018 and early 2019, the longest such shutdown in history. His podcast is called Money Ed. It is free, and there are no advertisers. Ochiai said he has no interest in monetizing his financial tips. The podcasts average two to four minutes each.”

As per, “At school, Ochiai is the editor-in-chief for Thomas Jefferson’s Podcast Network and president of the Fairfax County school’s Financial Literacy Club. He also tutors middle school students and plans to pursue economics and computer science in college. And his hobbies include hiking and singing Italian opera. Ochiai’s Money Ed Podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and SoundCloud.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.