Levinson graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor's degree in government. He went on to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, receiving a Master's degree in journalism. 
Prior to joining CNBC in 2016, Levinson was the Executive Editor at AARP, where he oversaw Money content. He's also served as the personal finance editor at Bloomberg News and as a news editor for The Wall Street Journal in New York and Hong Kong. Levinson also teaches financial literacy to underserved students and adults in New York.