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Since 1976, Bankrate has been the source of truth for all things personal finance. That tradition continues today with our dedicated team of reporters and editors. Their breadth of experience and depth of knowledge makes them uniquely qualified to bring you news and insights you can trust.
 
We don’t stop there, either. We care so deeply about accuracy and relevancy that we created our financial review board of industry experts who review our content for an extra layer of trust and authority

Bankrate reporters and editors

Aaron Broverman Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Aaron Broverman has been covering personal finance for over a decade for Bankrate and Creditcards.com, starting with its former sister site Creditcards.com Canada. His personal
Aja McClanahan Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Aja McClanahan is an author, blogger and speaker on personal finance and entrepreneurship. Aja is the author of “How a Mother Should Talk About Money with Her
Allie Johnson Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Allie has written about personal finance and covered credit cards extensively for more than 10 years. Allie covers avoiding credit card debt, choosing credit cards wisely and
Amy Lieu Arrow Right Editor, Branded Content
Amy Lieu leads branded content strategy and execution across Bankrate and CreditCards.com.
Amy Sims Arrow Right Managing Editor
Amy Sims is a managing editor for Bankrate, leading a team responsible for creating educational insurance content.
Ana Cvetkovic Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Highlights Created a college food blog, Better Than Ramen  Learn more about Ana’s work on LinkedIn, Twitter or her website Experience When Ana’s family
Ana Staples Arrow Right Credit Cards Reporter and Young Credit Analyst
Ana Staples is a reporter for Bankrate and an expert on all things credit basics and personal finance for the younger generation.
Andy Shuman is a contributing writer to Bankrate. He is a New York-based freelance writer with strong expertise in consumer credit and travel loyalty programs.
Angelica Leicht is an insurance editor on the Bankrate team. She is truly passionate about helping readers make well-informed decisions for their wallets, whether the goal is to
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho Arrow Right Former Senior Director of Content
Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is senior director of content for CreditCards.com and Bankrate Credit Cards. He has more than 20 years of international experience leading content teams,
Ariana Arghandewal Arrow Right Travel rewards writer
Ariana Arghandewal is a personal finance expert specializing in credit cards and travel rewards. She is passionate about helping people leverage credit card rewards to realize
Ashley Parks Arrow Right Credit Cards Author
As a Bankrate credit cards editor, Ashley Parks is fascinated by the ways people can make credit cards work for them when armed with the right knowledge.
Aylea Wilkins Arrow Right Loans Editor, Former Insurance Editor
Aylea Wilkins is an editor specializing in personal and home equity loans. She has previously worked for Bankrate editing content about auto, home and life insurance. She has been
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Barri Segal Arrow Right Credit Cards Reporter
Barri has written in the personal finance vertical—including credit cards—for more than 20 years. She currently identifies and reports on news and top trends in the credit
Barry Bridges Arrow Right Senior credit cards editor
Former Senior Editor Barry Bridges has been writing about credit cards, personal loans, mortgages and other personal finance products since 2017. Before joining Bankrate, he was
Barry Paperno Arrow Right Credit scores and reports expert
Barry Paperno is a retired freelance writer and credit expert with decades of consumer credit industry experience, serving as consumer affairs manager for FICO (Fair Isaac Corp.)
Beth Braverman Arrow Right Personal Finance Expert Contributor
Beth Braverman is an award-winning freelance journalist and content producer, writing mostly about personal finance, parenting and careers.
Bankrate senior editor for mortgages Bill McGuire has been writing and editing for more than four decades at major newspapers, magazines and websites.
Brady Porche Arrow Right Editorial Director
Brady Porche is an editorial director for Bankrate Credit Cards and CreditCards.com. He has two decades of professional experience as a writer and editor.
CreditCards.com Reviews Editor, Brendan Dyer, attended Western Connecticut State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing.
Brian Baker Arrow Right Investing reporter
Bankrate reporter Brian Baker covers investing and retirement. He has previous experience as an industry analyst at an investment firm. Baker is passionate about helping people
Brian Beers Arrow Right Senior wealth editor
Brian Beers is the senior wealth editor at Bankrate. He oversees editorial coverage of banking, investing, the economy and all things money.
Bruce McClary Arrow Right Personal finance and credit expert
Bruce McClary has been a featured financial expert for some of the nation’s top news outlets, including CNBC, CNN, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Drawing upon his
Carol Pope Arrow Right Insurance Writer
Carol Pope is an insurance writer for Bankrate and prior to joining the team, she spent 12 years as an auto insurance agent. During this time, she sold, serviced and underwrote
Cate Deventer Arrow Right Insurance Writer & Editor
Cate Deventer is a writer, editor and insurance professional with over a decade of experience in the insurance industry as a licensed insurance agent.
Her stories on design, travel and business have appeared in dozens of publications including the Washington Post, Town & Country, Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Fodor’s
Chanelle Gibson is a former contributor at Bankrate. She has wide variety of experience ranging from pop culture to software engineering and possess expertise in finance,
Chelsea Wing Arrow Right Student loans editor
Chelsea has been with Bankrate since early 2020. She is invested in helping students navigate the high costs of college and breaking down the complexities of student loans.
Claire Dickey is a product editor for Bankrate, CreditCards.com and To Her Credit. Before joining Bankrate, Claire worked as a copywriter for brands within the telecommunications
Constance Sommer Arrow Right Credit And Money Management Expert Contributor
Courtney Mihocik is an editor at Bankrate Credit Cards and CreditCards.com specializing in credit card news and personal finance advice. Previously, she led insurance content at
Dan Miller Arrow Right Points and Miles Expert Contributor
Dan Miller is a former contributing writer for Bankrate. Dan covered loans, home equity and debt management in his work.
David Schepp is a wealth editor for Bankrate, focusing on deposits and consumer banking content.
Highlights Investigative and political journalism Delivered on-the-ground news Newscast Production Experience Dignelly is an Associate Editor
Emily Sherman Arrow Right Senior Editor, Credit Card Product News
Emily Sherman is a senior editor for CreditCards.com and Bankrate Credit Cards, specializing in product news and recommendations. She has worked as a writer and editor in the
Erica Sandberg Arrow Right Credit And Money Management Expert Contributor
Erica Sandberg is a credit and money management expert who began her career at Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS). There, she helped individuals and families overcome their
Garrett Yarbrough Arrow Right Credit Card Reviews Writer
Bankrate expert Garrett Yarbrough strives to make navigating credit cards and credit building smooth sailing for his readers. After regularly featuring his credit card,
Bankrate reporter Georgina Tzanetos covers investing and retirement.
Gillian Totaro writes about insurance and credit cards and enjoys helping people learn more about how to manage their financial assets. She has over five years of writing
Greg McBride, CFA Arrow Right Chief financial analyst
Greg McBride, CFA, is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for Bankrate.com. He leads a team responsible for researching financial products, providing analysis, and
Hanneh Bareham Arrow Right Student loans reporter
Hanneh Bareham specializes in everything related to student loans and helping you finance your next educational endeavor. She aims to help others reach their collegiate and
India Davis is an editor specializing in credit cards and updates. She believes in putting the reader first and carrying out a brand’s voice to its fullest potential. She has
Ivana Pino joined the CreditCards.com and Bankrate Credit Cards team in 2021. She graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a
Jacqueline DeMarco Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Jacqueline is a contributor for Bankrate and has worked with more than a dozen financial brands, including LendingTree, Credit Karma, Fundera, Chime, MagnifyMoney, Student Loan
James Royal Arrow Right Senior investing and wealth management reporter
Bankrate senior reporter James F. Royal, Ph.D., covers investing and wealth management. His work has been cited by CNBC, the Washington Post, The New York Times and more.
Jason Steele Arrow Right Travel Rewards Expert Contributor
Jason Steele is a professional journalist and credit card expert who has been contributing to online publications since 2008. He was one of the original contributors to The Points
Jeanine Skowronski Arrow Right Credit Card Expert & Analyst
Jeanine Skowronski is a credit card expert, analyst, and multimedia journalist with over 10 years of experience covering business and personal finance.
Jeff Ostrowski Arrow Right Senior mortgage reporter
Jeff Ostrowski covers mortgages and the housing market. Before joining Bankrate in 2020, he wrote about real estate and the economy for the Palm Beach Post and the South Florida
Joey Robinson Arrow Right Credit cards contributor
Joey Robinson is a credit cards contributor for Bankrate and upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree concentrated in Finance, Joey worked at “Big Four” (Ernst and Young)
John Egan Arrow Right Contributing reporter
John Egan is a freelance writer and content marketing strategist in Austin, Texas. He is a contributor for Bankrate and specializes in content focusing on personal finance, real
Jordan Bishop Arrow Right Personal finance writer
Jordan Bishop is a former contributor for Bankrate. He discovered the power of credit cards at a young age. His first splash into travel hacking came with the wildly viral launch
June Sham Arrow Right Insurance Writer
June Sham is an insurance writer for Bankrate. Before joining the team, she worked for nearly three years as a licensed producer writing auto, property, umbrella and earthquake
Experience: Kaitlyn Tang is an editor at CreditCards.com specializing in product news and recommendations. Prior to joining the financial services space, she worked as
Karen Bennett Arrow Right Consumer banking reporter
Karen Bennett is a consumer banking reporter at Bankrate. She uses her finance writing background to help readers learn more about savings and checking accounts, CDs, and other
Karen Haywood Queen Arrow Right Personal Finance Expert Contributor
Kelli Pate Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Kelli Pate is a former contributor to Bankrate and a freelance writer and copy editor living in Kansas City, though she’s a Jersey girl at heart. When she’s not
Lance Davis is the Vice President of Content for Bankrate. Lance leads a team responsible for creating educational content that guides people through the pivotal steps in their
Laura Gariepy is the owner of Every Day by the Lake, LLC, a written content creation company that helps brands stay top of mind with their target market. She specializes in
Leeron is a New York-based journalist and writer with experience covering finance, fintech and real estate. She has also reported on topics ranging from daily news, arts and
Liliana is an editor and journalist with a background in feature writing on the Bankrate Credit Cards team.
Liz Bingler Arrow Right Associate Editor
Liz Bingler is an Associate Editor for CreditCards.com and Bankrate, where she focuses on product news and reviews. As an editor, her goal is to produce content that will help
Liz Hund Arrow Right Creative producer
Liz Hund is a social producer at Bankrate and occasionally writes special features on-site with a social-first angle. Her writing has been featured on MSN, Business Insider and in
Lizzie Nealon is a former insurance writer for Bankrate. Her favorite part of the job is making home, auto and life insurance digestible for readers so they can prepare for the
Lori Zaino is a contributor to Bankrate who is a freelance editor, writer and travel expert quoted in publications like Travel & Leisure and Time. Bilingual in Spanish,
Margaret Drummond is a personal finance expert focused on creating content that helps consumers increase financial wellness, wherever they are in their individual journey.
Margaret Wack Arrow Right Personal Finance Expert Contributor
Margaret has written for Money Under 30, MoneyGeek, The Simple Dollar, CreditCards.com, Interest.com and Fiscal Tiger, among other publications. She writes about subjects
Mariah Ackary is a personal finance editor who joined the Bankrate team in 2019, excited by the opportunity to help people make good financial decisions. Send your questions to
Mariah Posey is an auto and homeowners insurance writer and editor for Bankrate.com. She aims to make the insurance journey as convenient as possible by keeping the reader at the
Mark Hamrick Arrow Right Washington Bureau Chief
Mark Hamrick is Washington Bureau Chief for Bankrate. He is a national award-winning business and financial news journalist.
Marlese Lessing Arrow Right Sponsored Content Writer
Marlese Lessing is a sponsored content writer for Bankrate, and helps bridge the right products and services to the right audience.
Mary Wisniewski is a banking editor for Bankrate. She oversees editorial coverage of savings and mobile banking articles as well as personal finance courses.  
Matthew Goldberg Arrow Right Consumer banking reporter
Matthew Goldberg is a consumer banking reporter at Bankrate. Matthew has been in financial services for more than a decade, in banking and insurance.
Meredith Hoffman Arrow Right Credit Cards Reporter
Meredith Hoffman is a personal finance writer covering credit card news and advice at Bankrate. She is originally from Columbia, S.C., and received her bachelor’s degree
Michele Petry Arrow Right Senior real estate editor
Michele Petry is a senior editor for Bankrate, leading the site’s real estate content.
Morgan Chelsea Lanier has been an insurance editor for Bankrate since 2020. Using her eight years of experience in market research and data analysis, she works hard to understand
Nicole Dieker Arrow Right Personal Finance Contributor
Nicole Dieker has been a full-time freelance writer since 2012—and a personal finance enthusiast since 2004, when she graduated from college and, looking for financial guidance,
Nouri Zarrugh Arrow Right Credit Card Reviews Editor
Nouri Zarrugh is a writer and editor for CreditCards.com and Bankrate.com, focusing on product news, guides and reviews. His areas of expertise include credit card strategy,
Poonkulali Thangavelu is a senior writer and columnist at CreditCards.com and Bankrate, addressing debt and credit card-related legal and regulatory issues.
Raija Haughn is an associate writer for Bankrate.com specializing in personal and home equity loans. She is passionate about helping people make financial decisions
Raychelle Heath Arrow Right Personal Finance Contributor
Re’Dreyona Walker is an Associate Editor for CreditCards.com and Bankrate.com, focusing on product guides and reviews. As a personal finance expert, she
Reagan Homan is an insurance writer with a focus in auto and home insurance. She writes about insurance to help educate readers on how to better safeguard their assets.
Rebecca Betterton is the auto loans reporter for Bankrate. She specializes in assisting readers in navigating the ins and outs of securely borrowing money to purchase a car.
Rebekah Hovey is an editor with nearly a decade of experience creating and shaping content in finance-related and health care fields. Rebekah holds a bachelor’s degree with a
Rebekah Personius is an insurance editor for Bankrate. She coordinates the creation of educational insurance content that helps people make informed insurance decisions. Rebekah
René Bennett is a writer for Bankrate, reporting on banking products and personal finance.
Rhys Subitch Arrow Right Auto loans editor
Rhys has been editing and writing for Bankrate since late 2021. They are passionate about helping readers gain the confidence to take control of their finances by providing clear,
Most recently before joining Bankrate.com, Robert worked as an editor and writer at The Ascent by The Motley Fool, covering a number of personal finance topics, including credit
Ronda Sunderhaus Arrow Right Senior compliance associate, Bankrate
Ronda Sunderhaus has been a licensed insurance agent since 2013 and is a senior compliance associate in the insurance field.
Ruben Çağınalp is an associate writer for Bankrate, focusing on mortgage topics.
Ryan Noonan is a 2018 graduate of the School of Journalism at The Ohio State University. He began working in marketing for Bankrate.com in December 2018 and has since begun using
Sabrina Karl Arrow Right Personal Finance Data Expert Contributor
Sabrina Karl loves telling – and especially showing – stories that are conveyed with numbers. Whether it’s data on the nation’s credit card debt or the financial struggles
Sally Herigstad Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Sally Herigstad is a personal finance writer, columnist, author and retired CPA. She wrote a CreditCards.com column called “To Her Credit” for 10 years, answering readers’
Sarah Brodsky Arrow Right Personal Finance Expert Contributor
Sarah Brodsky is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance and economics. She has more than 12 years of experience writing about credit, consumer banking and investing.
As a staff writer for Bankrate and CreditCards.com, Sarah offers sound advice that will improve your financial life and help simplify topics like travel hacking and credit card
Sarah Foster Arrow Right U.S. economy reporter
Sarah Foster covers the Federal Reserve, the U.S. economy and economic policy. She previously worked for Bloomberg News, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Daily Herald.
Siobhan Neile Arrow Right Personal Finance Contributor
Stephanie Zito Arrow Right Travel Rewards Expert Contributor
Stephanie Zito is a professional traveler, self-employed humanitarian consultant and collector of credit card points. She shares savvy travel tips that she’s learned firsthand
Steve Bucci Arrow Right Credit and Debt Expert Contributor
Steve Bucci has been helping people decode and master personal finance issues for more than 20 years. He is the author of “Credit Management Kit For Dummies,” “Credit Repair
Suzanne De Vita is the mortgage editor for Bankrate, focusing on mortgage and real estate topics for homebuyers, homeowners, investors and renters.
Tamara E. Holmes Arrow Right Personal Finance Writer
Tamara E. Holmes is a Washington, DC-based writer and editor. She has written extensively about personal finance topics such as credit cards, homeownership, saving and investing
Tim is a freelance personal finance writer and blogger with a particular focus on credit cards and consumer lending. In 2002, he stumbled upon a copy of “The Millionaire
Tracy Stewart is a personal finance writer specializing in credit card loyalty programs, travel benefits, and consumer protections.
Troy Segal Arrow Right Senior homeownership editor
Troy Segal is Bankrate’s Senior Homeownership Editor, focusing on everything from upkeep and maintenance to building equity and enhancing value.
Zach Wichter Arrow Right Mortgage reporter
Zach Wichter is a former mortgage reporter at Bankrate. He previously worked on the Business desk at The New York Times where he won a Loeb Award for breaking news, and covered

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