NY Panel Tackles Consumer Finance Issues

Oct 82008

Watch as a panel of experts discuss the major challenges facing the Hispanic community regarding financial literacy and consumer finance.



The panel featured:
Moderator: Joyce Barnathan - President, International Center for Journalists
Panelists: Xavier Serbia – Online Financial Expert, freelance finance journalist, XavierSerbia.com
Peter McKillop - Global Consumer and Small Business Banking Communications Executive, Bank of America
Lauren Young - Personal Business Editor, Business Week
Hugo Balta - Vice President of News / News Director - WNJU/Telemundo 47
Jose Melendrez - Editor Spanish-language Web site on personal finance and technology, laalcancia.com (2007 Program Participant)

More about panelists:

Hugo Balta is the News Director for WNJU Telemundo 47, the NBC Universal owned and operated station located in the New York metropolitan area.He was promoted to that position in February 2003, after serving as the Assistant News Director since October 2002.

Mr. Balta's news team is also credited with leading the current change in the media industry towards producing content on multiple platforms by championing original "cyber reports", web chats with experts and T47 staff on Telemundo47.com (the only Spanish language television website in the NYC Metro area).
Balta is the founder of the North Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and is the interim Regional 2 Director for NAHJ (supporting its members in the northeast). Mr. Balta has also received journalism awards including an Emmy for "Best Local Newscast" in the New York City metropolitan area, his news team has been nominated for 18 local television Emmy Awards (4 out fo 5 for best newscast in 2007).He was named "Media Person of the Year" by the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and "ACE" award of NY for excellence in news content.

Joyce Barnathan is president of the International Center for Journalists, a non-profit professional organization working to foster high-quality journalism worldwide. Previously, she was Executive Editor - Global Franchise at BusinessWeek, where she helped create new editorial extensions and alliances. As Assistant Managing Editor, she supervised nearly every department at the magazine. She worked as Asia Regional Editor, helping to launch the Asia edition, which won prestigious awards for coverage of China’s growth, Asia’s financial crisis and the turmoil in Indonesia.

She has a B.A. in Russian and Chinese area studies and M.A. in Asian studies from Washington University, and M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri. She speaks conversational Chinese, Russian and Spanish.

Peter McKillop is the Global Consumer & Small Business Banking Communications executive at Bank of America. His primary focus is telling the best story possible about the consumer bank to associates, customers and shareholders. He is responsible for developing and executing an integrated communications strategy, leveraging the best messages from the manufacturing, distribution and operation segments of Global Consumer & Small Business Banking.

McKillop was born in Tunisia and is a native of Washington, DC. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in African studies.

Jose Melendrez is the editor of an innovative new Spanish-language webpage focused on personal finance and technology. La Alcancia.com (otherwise known as "the piggybank") launched on August 1, 2007 with content aimed at helping Latinos save money, learn about entrepreneurship from experts and successful business owners, plan their financial futures and take advantage of the latest technology. Prior to La Alcancia, Jose worked for the Tribune Company and was the Assistant Editor for Business Development for HOY newspaper. Jose has a Certificate of Completion from CUNY College Language Immersion Program, and a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Science from San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Perú.

Chris Roush is founding director of the Carolina Business News Initiative, which provides training for professional journalists and students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the author of two books about business journalism - Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication (2004) and Profits and Losses: Business Journalism and its Role in Society (2006) - as well as author or co-author of books about Home Depot (1999), Pacific Coast Feather Co. (2006) and Alex Lee Inc. (2006) He has also taught business journalism at Washington & Lee University and the University of Richmond. After his first job covering cops and courts for the St. Petersburg Times, Roush covered various business beats for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Tampa Tribune, BusinessWeek, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News. He also was editor in chief of SNL Financial, which publishes newsletters and magazines for investors, and started a monthly magazine there called Insurance Investor, now defunct. He has been a contributing editor to Business North Carolina magazine since 2004.

Xavier Serbia is chief editor and founder of his website, Xavierserbia.com. Xavier is a personal finance syndicated columnist and has written for various Hispanic media outlets. He has been interviewed by several major international publications on finance issues. Xavier has also participated on programs for Telemundo, offering commentary on economics, business, and personal finance.

Lauren Young is a department editor at BusinessWeek, covering all aspects of personal finance. Before BusinessWeek in 2003, Young had a similar beat as a senior writer at SmartMoney. She also covered mutual funds and capital markets for Dow Jones News for three years and was a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal. Young is a 1989 honors graduate of Penn State University, and she received her master’s in journalism from Northwestern University in 1993. She was awarded the 2003 Northwestern University Alumni Assn. Service Award.


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