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

Community Banker of the Year: Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin's Chris Bauer
December 16, 2014 Where there's a will, there's a way for Chris Bauer, who guided Anchor through bankruptcy as a means of recapitalizing the...

Porter in Ky. Addresses Negative Common Stockholders' Equity
December 10, 2014 Porter Bancorp in Louisville, Ky., is rearranging some of its capital with an eye toward improving common equity and perhaps...

Exit Interview: Carver CEO Wright on Long-Term Profit, Underbanked Goals
December 9, 2014 Deborah Wright, who is set to retire as Carver's CEO at year-end, says the New York bank is preparing new products to reach...

All I Want for the Holidays Is My Bank Deal Approved
December 5, 2014 The end of the year is a busy time for closing bank acquisitions — at least buyers are hoping that is the case. With the...

How to Spot Potential Bank Sellers
December 1, 2014 A recent report from Sterne Agee included a list of banks with similar traits to sellers in pending deals. Such traits,...

Capital-Rich PacWest Boosts Dividend as M&A Interest Wanes
November 21, 2014 The acquisition of CapitalSource has pushed PacWest's capital from full to overflowing. With diminished interest in M&A, the...

Hancock Chief's Departure Unplanned But Timely
November 17, 2014 John Hairston, set to become the Mississippi company's sole CEO, said Carl Chaney was not forced out as co-CEO. Still, he said...

BB&Ts Big Deal Good Sign for Larger M&A
November 12, 2014 Kelly King of BB&T is an M&A trailblazer, but he isn't doing so intentionally. In announcing plans to buy Susquehanna...

California Thrift Seized in Year's 17th Failure
November 10, 2014 The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency closed Frontier Bank FSB in Palm Desert, Calif.

More Bankers Show Comfort with $10B Asset Threshold
November 7, 2014 Banks on opposite coasts — Sterling Bancorp in New York and Banner in Washington — are joining the list of institutions...

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