Mark Hamrick is Washington Bureau Chief for Bankrate.com, operating out of the National Press Building in the shadow of The White House and U.S. Treasury.
He is a national award-winning business and financial news journalist, who came to Bankrate after leading business news for Broadcast at the Associated Press in Washington for nearly 20 years.
Mark is a past president of the National Press Club, where he raised the visibility of the Club's historic Luncheon series, engaging speakers including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the heads of the FDIC and IRS as well as presidential candidates, celebrities and journalists. He was also a vocal advocate for press freedom around the world and transparency on the part of governments, hosting World Press Freedom Day, sponsored by The United Nations and the U.S. State Department.
A native of Kansas, Mark began his career in journalism as a high school student working in radio in his hometown of Coffeyville. He attended the University of Kansas William Allen White School of Journalism. Mark lives in Potomac, Md., with his wife Jeanne. Their son Christopher is a student at Vanderbilt University.
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