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Authors

Editor in chief
Julie Bandy joined the Bankrate editorial team in 1999 and was named editor in chief in June 2007. She and her team of reporters, …Read more
Mobile editor
Claes Bell graduated from Florida State University with degrees in History and Writing, after serving as a staff writer and …Read more
Contributing tax editor
Kay Bell is an award-winning journalist, blogger and author who, after spending almost 20 years in Washington, D.C., working on …Read more
Contributing reporter
Marilyn B. Bowden is a freelance writer, editor and book reviewer who has published in a number of national publications. She honed her editorial skills working …Read more
Contributing reporter
Margarette Burnette is veteran journalist who specializes in personal finance, parenting and real estate articles. In addition to writing for Bankrate, she has …Read more
Contributing reporter
Christina Couch is a freelance writer and permanent traveler who moves to a different city every few months. She is the author of …Read more
Senior mortgage analyst/reporter
Polyana da Costa is a senior mortgage analyst/writer for Bankrate.com. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San …Read more
Managing editor
Katie Doyle was promoted to her current role as managing editor in September 2011.She joined Bankrate as a copy editor in May …Read more
Contributing reporter
Michael Estrin is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles. He writes about real estate, insurance, and personal finance for …Read more
Contributing reporter
Marcie Geffner is an award-winning freelance reporter, editor, author, writer and blogger whose work has been published by a long list of U.S. newspapers, trade …Read more
Contributing reporter
Constance Gustke is a New York-based journalist who writes about emerging mega-trends and personal finance. She currently contributes regularly to CNBC.com and the …Read more
Washington bureau chief
Mark Hamrick is Washington Bureau Chief for Bankrate.com, operating out of the National Press Building in the shadow of The White …Read more
Contributing reporter
Russ Heaps began covering the automotive industry in 1986, when he parlayed his position as a retail ad sales rep into helping …Read more
Contributing reporter
Janna Herron, a credit card analyst/writer, covers credit cards, credit reporting and scoring, and credit card debt management for …Read more
Data journalist
Stacy Jones is a data journalist at Bankrate. Before that she was a business reporter at The Star-Ledger in Newark covering small …Read more
Research and Statistics Editor
Chris Kahn, Bankrate’s research and statistics editor, previously spent 13 years in daily news. He was a national energy writer at …Read more
Contributing reporter
Chris Kissell has been a writer and editor for nearly 25 years. He has written stories about mortgages, insurance, retirement and …Read more
Contributing reporter
Michele Lerner is an experienced, award-winning freelance writer, editor and author who has been writing about real estate and personal finance for more than two …Read more
Assistant managing editor/mortgage analyst
Holden Lewis is a senior mortgage analyst, editor at Bankrate.com He joined the team as a reporter in May 1999 and wrote for a …Read more
Contributing editor
Jay MacDonald has been a contributing editor at Bankrate for more than a decade, infusing humor and human interest into a broad …Read more
Contributing reporter
Judy Martel is a freelance financial writer and author of the book, "Dilemmas of Family Wealth: Insights on Succession, Cohesion …Read more
CFA, Chief Financial Analyst
Greg McBride, CFA, is Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Analyst, for Bankrate.com, providing analysis and advice on personal …Read more
Senior credit card analyst and editor
Jessica Patel, a credit card analyst/editor, is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in magazine journalism. She …Read more
Contributing reporter
Jennie L. Phipps is a gray hair who writes a lot about retirement — even though she isn’t retired. She also creates content about …Read more
Insurance analyst/reporter
Crissinda Ponder graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in …Read more
Assistant managing editor/banking and auto
Stephen Pounds, a senior editor, joined Bankrate in 2009 from The Palm Beach Post, where he was a business writer, bureau chief …Read more
Senior banking analyst/reporter
Senior Banking Analyst and writer Allison Ross joined the Bankrate team in December 2013. Before that, she worked at The Palm Beach Post, where she spent three years …Read more
Assistant video producer
Amanda Rowe is a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication with a focus in public …Read more
Social Media Community Manager
Janet Stauble attended the University of Kentucky and earned a degree in Spanish with a minor in business. While in college, she …Read more
Contributing reporter
Mitch Strohm is a freelance writer, editor and blogger whose work has appeared in a variety of publications. Based out of …Read more
Contributing reporter
Shelly K. Schwartz has covered business and personal finance news for 20 years, most recently as a full-time freelancer in …Read more
Senior credit card analyst and reporter
Jeanine Skowronski is Bankrate.com’s credit card analyst/reporter. Prior to joining Bankrate, she was the Deputy Editor of …Read more
Senior investing analyst/reporter
Sheyna Steiner is an investing analyst/writer for Bankrate.com Before joining Bankrate, Sheyna Steiner worked as a customer …Read more
Contributing reporter
Sonya Stinson is a New Orleans-based writer covering personal finance, small business, careers and higher education, along with …Read more
Assistant managing editor/retirement, investing and taxes
Barbara Mlotek Whelehan is an assistant managing editor at Bankrate.com. She has been covering personal finance topics for 15-plus …Read more
Assistant managing editor/insurance analyst
Doug Whiteman came on board Bankrate in February 2012 as an associate editor after nearly 18 years with The Associated Press. …Read more
Video producer
Lucas began his career serving honorably in the Army as a broadcast journalist, where he earned the rank of Sergeant. Over 5 …Read more
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