For some reason the date March 7, 2019 is continuing to come up as a link. I have examined my previous coding using the p element with a class attribute. Your second new p element should have a class set to publish-date, is what it tells me. In my opinion, the first p element’s coding is simple. The second p element… In no is my coding implying a link, so why is my coding being interpreted as so? What am I not seeing?

<div class="author">
  <p class="author-name">By <a href="freeCodeCamp.org" target="_blank">freeCodeCamp</a></p>
  <a href="https://freecodecamp.org</a>
    <p class="publish-date">March 7, 2019</p>

I’ve edited your code for readability. When you enter a code block into a forum post, please precede it with a separate line of three backticks and follow it with a separate line of three backticks to make it easier to read.

You can also use the “preformatted text” tool in the editor (</>) to add backticks around text.

See this post to find the backtick on your keyboard.
Note: Backticks (`) are not single quotes (').

You dont have the ending > for your opening anchor tag. Thats supposed to go before the closing anchor tag