Jackie Stewart covers community banks and mergers and acquisitions for American Banker. She joined the publication in 2011 as a breaking news reporter before joining the community banking team. Prior to working at American Banker, Jackie wrote about civil court cases for VerdictSearch and taught for two years in the Bronx, N.Y., through Teach for America.
Its small, locally owned banks were as decimated after the crisis as in any big city. But community bankers say changes to the economy and their lending practices offer them a shot at challenging the big banks that dominate their market.