Alan Kline named editor-in-chief of American Banker

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American Banker has named Alan Kline, a 22-year veteran of the financial news site, as its new editor-in-chief.

Kline, a prize-winning journalist, currently serves as senior editor at American Banker, the flagship publication of SourceMedia. He has previously served as community banking editor and editor-in-chief of US Banker magazine. Kline has won multiple journalism awards, including co-winning a Jesse H. Neal award last year for coverage of dramatic increases in consumer credit.

Before joining American Banker, he was a reporter for the Washington Times and the Baltimore Business Journal. In his new role, Kline will be responsible for the editorial direction of American Banker and other platforms including podcasts and events.

"We're very excited to have Alan step into his new role of Editor-in-Chief. Alan's intense commitment to rigorous journalistic standards will drive the next chapter of the publication," David Evans, chief content officer at SourceMedia, said in a press release.

Kline succeeds Rob Blackwell, who has served as editor-in-chief for two and a half years. Blackwell, who previously served as Washington bureau chief and a reporter at the news site, is leaving after nearly 20 years to pursue an opportunity outside journalism. During his tenure as editor, American Banker won more than a dozen journalism awards, including for general excellence by both the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. Last year, American Banker won its first Grand Neal award for Nobody's Home, a podcast written and created by reporter John Heltman.

"We are thankful for Rob's enormous contributions during almost two decades at American Banker," Evans said. "We wish him all the best as he embarks on his next endeavor."

American Banker provides in-depth news coverage of banks, financial firms, regulation and the business of banking through its website, monthly magazine and live events.

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