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Barbara A. Rehm

Editor at Large

Barbara A. Rehm is American Banker's Editor at Large. She also helps lead the paper's annual ranking of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking.

Barb joined the daily newspaper in 1987 during the crunch of the savings and loan crisis and has covered the industry's ups and downs for the past 26 years. She started as a reporter covering the Federal Reserve Board and was promoted to Washington Bureau Chief in 1995. She moved to progressively broader roles, and was named the paper's first female editor in 2008. As editor in chief, Barb directed the paper's coverage and shaped the newsroom's culture. She moved to her current role in July 2010 and began writing a weekly column for the paper.

On Women in Banking, Barb works with an editorial team to select the honorees and hosts the annual dinner recognizing the women each October.

Barb is a frequent public speaker, appearing before industry audiences as well as on CNBC and NPR. The Society of Business Editors and Writers judges who awarded her a 2012 Best in Business award for commentary said: "Rehm demonstrates the best qualities of effective columnists: She is comprehensive and prescriptive, but not ponderous." Barb also was a finalist for a 2012 Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for commentary.

Her hobbies mesh nicely. Barb loves to cook (and of course eat) and belongs to a competitive cooking club. She tries to burn off those calories with exercise. She's completed the Marine Corp. Marathon as well as a triathlon and a cycling century and is currently discovering how hard Pilates can be. Barb is married to Jeff Knowles. They live in McLean, Va.

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