I'm a former senior editor at American Banker and a long-time banking journalist. I'm headed to law school at Georgetown in fall 2019!
My reporting has appeared in a number of publications, including the New York Times, Washington Monthly, Bloomberg, Quartz and many more.
I'm also a graduate of Bates College, where I finished at the top of my economics department, and Columbia Journalism School's business reporting program. Before going into journalism, I worked for three years assisting researchers at the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Brookings Institution, seeing how policy is discussed and shaped.
The Crisis Isn't Over
My in-depth analysis of how the financial crisis has shaped policymaking in America. This piece recently won a national gold award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for best digital feature.
New York Times
U.S. Zeal in Suing Banks for Lending Bias Is Expected to Cool
The Most Important Agency You've Never Heard Of
My investigation into the performance of the Office of Financial Research, a Dodd-Frank Act agency that's tasked with rooting out signs of the next crisis before it hits. The piece kicked off a series of follow-ups on poor morale at the agency, questions about its very existence and plans to slash its workforce.
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"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
"Financial regulation and policy in Washington can be a tough subject to bring to life for a broad readership, but Victoria does so with clarity and intelligence. She has written both features and breaking news for DealBook/The New York Times and is a pleasure to edit. If you are looking for a nimble, smart and energetic reporter, I recommend her highly."
-- Jeffrey Cane, DealBook managing editor at the New York Times
"Tori is a creative and talented reporter who requires little direction and files well-written and widely-read stories. She is easy to work with and is a model contributor to any news organization."
-- Seth Stern, deputy news director at Bloomberg BNA
"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
"Tori is a talented journalist with a facility for executing deep dives into complex subjects -- the financial crisis, banking regulation, the impact of behavioral economics on the overall discipline -- and explaining them coherently. I have been consistently impressed with her professionalism, knowledge and powers of research and writing. I recommend her heartily."
-- Ken Fireman, managing editor at Sage Business Researcher