• VICTORIA

    FINKLE

     

    Freelance

    Journalist

  • Welcome

    I'm a business and economics journalist who's inspired by a lifelong curiosity in people, systems and the world around us.

     

    As a freelance writer, my work has been featured in The New York Times, Inc. magazine, Washington Monthly, Bloomberg BNA, the Billfold and DCist. I previously wandered the halls of Congress covering finance and housing policy for American Banker newspaper, where I worked for more than four years. My investigation of abusive credit card practices was recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

     

    I graduated magna cum laude from Bates College in 2006 with a degree in economics and completed Columbia Journalism School’s business reporting program in 2010. I also worked for three years assisting researchers at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Brookings Institution before taking the plunge into journalism -- time well spent seeing how policy is discussed and shaped.

     

    When I'm not putting pen to paper, you can find me "urban hiking" through D.C. armed with a podcast. I also love wasting time on various productivity blogs (irony noted).

    Let's work together

     

    Writing: I'm a versatile writer who's covered the technical and wonky as well as the light and offbeat.

     

    Research: I have extensive experience gathering information from government sources, legal documents, corporate filings and datasets. I know my way around Excel and have fact-checked books for prominent authors.

     

    Specialties: business, banking, personal finance, behavioral economics, policy and regulation, mindfulness

    What can I do for you? victoria.finkle@gmail.com

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  • Recent Projects

    Washington Post

    With a new distillery, two women make their mark on D.C.’s craft liquor scene

    June 2016

    A look the rise of D.C.'s Ivy City neighborhood, which is home to a growing craft alcohol scene, including a new women-owned distillery. 

    Washington Monthly

    The Most Important Agency You've Never Heard Of

    June 2016

    My investigation into the performance of the Office of Financial Research, a new agency created under Dodd-Frank that's tasked with rooting out signs of the next crisis before it hits.

    New York Times

    MetLife Suit Raises Questions of Extent of Corporate Liability

    May 2016

    The story of one senior who is taking MetLife to court after losing her life savings in a Ponzi scheme.

    Inc.

    How to Get Fiscally Fit in 90 Days or Less

    May 2016

    Feature article and infographic highlighting a host of tips for managing cash flow and the lessons of one New York City dressmaker.

    New York Times

    Deferred-Interest Promotions Are Back Under Scrutiny 

    May 2016

    I reviewed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's growing concerns about credit card promotions that can be costly if they're not used as intended.

    Bloomberg BNA

    Former CFPB No. 2 Takes Fintech Exit on Revolving Door

    March 2016

    A profile of Raj Date, who used to be second-in-command at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and what he's been up to since leaving the agency.  

    American Banker

    When a City Takes the Lead in Financial Inclusion

    March 2016

    My feature for American Banker magazine on San Francisco's financial inclusion efforts and how they've spread.

    New York Times

    MetLife Makes Its Case Against 'Too Big to Fail' Label

    February 2016

    An insurer takes its fight with regulators to court over whether it could ruin the economy in the event of another crisis. 

    Washington Monthly

    Hillary vs. Bernie on Financial Reform: The Pragmatist vs. The Radical? 

    February 2016

    A look the two Democratic presidential candidates and what's missing from their banking platforms ahead of the Iowa caucus.

    Inc.

    How One Startup Spends Every Penny, Analyzed

    February 2016

    My detailed review of how Buffer, a social media startup, keeps its finances in check and what that means for its bottom line.

    New York Times

    Proposed Legislation Would Add Scrutiny to Wall Street Regulators

    January 2016

    I investigated a bipartisan effort in the Senate to reform the rule-writing process for independent government agencies, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

    Washington Monthly

    The Invisible Scam

    November 2015

    My review of Phishing for Phools, a new book by two Nobel-winning economists that proffers a novel theory for why free markets spur various forms of deception.

    Inc.

    The Essential Guide to Making Stuff

    November 2015

    My infographic for Inc. magazine, which examines the factors small businesses need to consider as they ramp up production. Told through the eyes of a high-end furniture maker with a background in robotics. 

    M Dash

    How Five Minutes a Day Made Me More Thankful

    September 2015

    This piece on the science of using a gratitude journal (and my own experiences with one) was picked up by Business Insider, where it quickly racked up more than 13,000 hits.

    American Banker

    Is Dodd-Frank Really Killing Community Banks?

    August 2015

    Here's a detailed review of the literature on both sides of the fight over the 2010 financial reform law and what it's doing to small banks and credit unions.

    American Banker

    Can the Credit Bureaus Finally Be Tamed?

    July 2015

    My in-depth look at the state of the credit reporting industry and whether the latest round of reforms will be enough to spur a genuine culture shift for consumers.

    DCist

    Diving Deep into Food Waste 

    April 2015

    Here's why "it's a really exciting time for food waste right now" in the restaurant industry. From my monthly column, Capital Cheapskate. 

    American Banker

    The Long Shadow of Robert Rubin

    December 2014

    The progressive backlash over the nomination of an obscure investment banker to the Treasury Department highlights deeper frustrations with the pro-business wing of the Democratic Party.

    The Billfold

    The Ultimate Hummus Showdown

    September 2014

    My somewhat failed attempt to whip up a homemade hummus that could rival the store-bought stuff.

  • Here's what editors have to say

    "Victoria Finkle is one of the most talented journalists I've had the pleasure to manage. She's both a dogged reporter with stellar news judgement and a polished writer who can produce clean and engaging copy on a tight deadline. She's hard-working, conscientious and very smart. If you have something you want her to report on, she'll do a fantastic job, whether she's previously had experience with the topic or not. I can't recommend her highly enough."

    -- Rob Blackwell, Washington bureau chief at American Banker

    "Tori's a meticulous, dogged and deadline-focused reporter with a great work ethic. She's been a pleasure to edit both at American Banker, where she reported directly to me as a consumer finance reporter, and in her freelance work at Inc. Magazine, where she's taken on several research-intensive economics- and design-related assignments for the Money and Made sections."

    -- Maria Aspan, senior editor at Inc. magazine

    "I love Tori’s instinct to look beyond anecdotal trends and quotes; she is able to incorporate research and data into her stories in an interesting and clear manner. As a freelancer, Tori is a breeze to work with: she always keeps me apprised of her progress, meets her deadlines, and produces well-organized and clearly written stories that require little editing on our part."

    -- Alicia Mazzara, food editor at DCist

    "Leaders of the financial services industry, government and academe have come to rely on Victoria's insightful coverage of the Washington scene. She wastes little time getting right to the point and always the most important point. I look forward to reading her posts as she expands the boundaries her coverage beyond, but I hope still including, financial services."

    -- Cornelius Hurley, director of the Center for Finance, Law & Policy at Boston University

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