Robert Barba

Robert Barba is one of American Banker's community banking reporters. His beat includes covering community banks in the Midwest, but he additionally focuses on M&A activity and monitors bank failures nationwide. Robert has appeared on Fox Business to discuss bank failures and the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Prior to American Banker, Robert was a general business reporter at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers in Stuart, Fla., where he covered everything from biotechnology to the volatile Florida real estate market. He began his career as a business desk intern at The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera. Robert is based in Chicago.

Recent Stories From this Author

Remembering Easton Bank CEO Michael Menzies
July 9, 2014 The Maryland banker and former ICBA chair was a champion for changing how the FDIC assessed fees years before the Dodd-Frank...

Opus Fund Buys Third-Party Manager for Banks
July 8, 2014 A $500 million fund started last fall to roll up financial technology businesses has made its first acquisition, a risk and...

Denver's Growth Compels Small Bank to Sell Itself
July 7, 2014 Steele Street Bank & Trust decided to find a buyer when CEO Bob Malone realized the bank lacked the size to adequately court...

SunTrust Shows Some Banks Still Willing, Able to Buy Servicing
July 3, 2014 As interest rates rise and loans become more likely to stay on the books, more banks may show up on the buy side of the market...

Fed Finally Approves MB-Taylor Deal
July 1, 2014 The Fed also hit Taylor with a cease-and-desist order and a $3.5 million civil money penalty for its ties to an financial aid...

D.L Evans Bancorp Buying Idaho Banking in Bankruptcy Sale
June 30, 2014 D.L. Evans Bancorp in Burley, Idaho, was the successful bidder for Idaho Banking in Boise following a bankruptcy auction.

Three Activists Push Pennsylvania Bank to Find Buyer
June 26, 2014 Metro Bancorp, once an aspiring acquirer, is fielding complaints from a trio of investment firms that believe management is...

Georgia Bank Makes Case for Slow, Deliberate Integration
June 24, 2014 State Bank Financial is in no rush to extract costs from Georgia-Carolina Bancshares, preferring instead to take its time in...

Failed Banks Keep Allure Despite Smaller Upfront Reward
June 23, 2014 Great Southern in Missouri completed its fifth failed-bank deal on Friday. The company stated that the deal's strategic...

Cascade Aims to Unlock Value After Speedy Integration
June 20, 2014 The Oregon company is hopeful it will enjoy significant stock appreciation once investors realize the value of its acquisition...

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