Tom Kraeutler is the Host, Founder and Chief Home Improvement Evangelist of The Money Pit. He is a hands-on home improvement broadcast journalist and the kind of guy homeowners want to call at midnight when their basement floods. He first earned his home improvement stripes as a professional home inspector, amassing over 20 years experience learning how houses are put together, and how they fall apart!
Tom is an accomplished speaker and appears regularly as a how-to guru on network and local television stations including Fox, CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel, HGTV and the DIY Network. A successful author, columnist and blogger, Tom served as AOL’s Home Improvement Editor. His work has been featured in House Beautiful, Smart Money, Reader’s Digest and in hundreds of websites and newspapers across the nation. Together with Leslie Segrete, Tom co-authored My Home, My Money Pit: Your guide to Every Home Improvement Adventure.
Tom’s unique ability to combine encyclopedic home improvement knowledge with a comfortable and educational broadcasting style has earned him many loyal followers. Talkers Magazine has named Tom one of the “100 Most Important Talk Show Hosts in America” and when listeners experience his dynamic presence, they’ll know why!
Leslie Segrete is co-host of The Money Pit. She’s a home improvement expert with an eye for design and the skills to get the job done. She knows what turns a house into a home and has the tips and ideas to make improvements easy and fun.
Leslie’s home improvement skills span radio, television and print. Leslie’s television design career includes; “Hotel Impossible” Travel Channel, designer, “$100 Makeover” on A&E; as designer and host, she was the lead designer on The Ugliest House on the Block, on the We Network, and Leslie hosted the Emmy nominated WLIW special, “Going Green Long Island”. Leslie was part of making design dreams reality as a carpenter and designer for TLC’s hit series Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, where she designed, built and executed projects to please the participating families and millions of her fans every single week. More recently, Leslie hosted a series for A&E called $100 Makeover which helped people sort through their clutter to find design treasures to make over rooms in their house. She was also the lead designer on The Ugliest House on the Block, on the We Network, creating dramatic exterior makeovers that benefited the whole community. Plus, Leslie hosted a series called Going Green Long Island for WLIW, a division of PBS which focused on the green advancements this New York community has made.
Leslie is a seamstress, carpenter, decorator, designer and professional chef all wrapped up in one very energetic package. She’s a true renaissance woman through and through!
About the Show
The Money Pit is a nationally syndicated, call-in home improvement show that helps listeners with their home repair and improvement problems. The show has consistently been named among “America’s 100 Most Important Radio Shows” by Talkers magazine. It’s been on the air for over ten years, and is now carried on over 400 radio affiliates across the nation.
Each week, Tom and Leslie take dozens of calls from listeners who ask about everything from pest problems to deck dilemmas. Their combined experience and expertise allow them to offer solutions to a wide range of problems immediately. If they aren’t sure how to help, which is rare, they can always point callers in the right direction.