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Crissinda Ponder

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 communication studies. While in Athens, Ga., she served as a staff writer and copy editor for the award-winning independent student newspaper, The Red and Black. She also served as news editor for UGA's multicultural magazine, Infusion, and contributed to several on-campus publications.

In 2010, Ponder's personal narrative essay, "My Father's Absence," was published in a national anthology titled "Souls of My Young Sisters." She studied travel writing in Cambodia and worked as a digital media intern for Atlanta Magazine during the summer of 2011, and as an editorial intern for Creative Loafing Atlanta in the spring of 2012.

Just weeks after graduating from UGA, Crissinda arrived at Bankrate as an editorial intern where she blogged, copy edited and wrote her way into the world of personal finance. During late August 2012, Crissinda became a full-time copy editor for Bankrate, and in 2013, Bankrate's insurance analyst/reporter. She is a caffeine head, certified bartender and "Family Guy" connoisseur