Robert Barba has been writing about banking and finance for over a decade. He joined American Banker in late 2007 as a community banking reporter, just in time for the financial crisis and played a lead role in covering community banks’ struggle for survival in the years following the downturn. Barba worked at Bankrate from 2017-2018 and now works at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal in the Spot News team. Barba is a board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
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