I'm a business, banking 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, Quartz, Inc. magazine, the Washington Post, Washington Monthly, Sage Publications, Bloomberg BNA, American Banker, the Hill, Priceonomics, the Billfold and DCist, among others. I previously wandered the halls of Congress covering finance and housing policy for American Banker, 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 or tackling one too many home improvement projects with my husband. I also love wasting time on various productivity blogs (irony noted).
Let's work together
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, legal affairs, mindfulness
New York Times
Big Banks Fight to Block Crisis-Era Lawsuits From Continuing
Low Morale, Racial Bias Claims Beset AnotherDodd-Frank Agency
New York Times
MetLife Again Faces Off With Regulators Over Its Too-Big-to-Fail Status
Why Do Brides Wear White?
Inspired by my own recent marriage, I delved into the surprising history of the white wedding dress. (Turns out WWII propaganda and military research played a bigger role than you'd probably imagine.)
With a new distillery, two women make their mark on D.C.’s craft liquor scene
The Most Important Agency You've Never Heard Of
New York Times
Deferred-Interest Promotions Are Back Under Scrutiny
Former CFPB No. 2 Takes Fintech Exit on Revolving Door
New York Times
Proposed Legislation Would Add Scrutiny to Wall Street Regulators
Is Dodd-Frank Really Killing Community Banks?
The Long Shadow of Robert Rubin
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