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CNN Money Summit: Meet the panelists

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  • Last "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." was September 17
  • Panelists included Ryan Mack, Stephen Leeb, Donna Rosato
  • Christine Romans, Walter Updegrave, Leigh Gallagher also among panelists
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(CNN) -- Anderson Cooper, Ali Velshi and the CNN Money Team held a "CNN Money Summit: Money & Main St." on September 17 on CNN. Here are the panelists featured on the show:

Walter Updegrave, Senior Editor, Money
Walter Updegrave is a senior editor at Money magazine, where he writes "The Long View," a column that focuses on retirement issues. His "Ask the Expert" column, which humorously demystifies jargon of the investment world, also appears twice a week on Updegrave covers retirement, investing and insurance for Money. In his 20 years at Money, he has won a number of journalism awards and has appeared on national radio and television programs, including "Oprah," NBC's "Today," ABC's "Nightline" and "CBS This Morning." He has also been a featured speaker on personal finance and investing topics at seminars for the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Additionally, Updegrave has written four books: "We're Not in Kansas Anymore: How to Retire Rich in a Totally Changed World;" "Investing For The Financially Challenged;" "The Right Way To Invest In Mutual Funds;" and "How To Keep Your Savings Safe." After he joined Money in 1986 as a staff writer, Updegrave rose to senior writer in 1988, became an associate editor in 1990 and was appointed a senior editor in 1996. Prior to Money, Updegrave's work appeared in The New York Times, New York and Metropolitan Home. A Philadelphia native, Updegrave holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New Rochelle, New York, with his wife and their son, Henry.

Christine Romans, CNN Correspondent and Co-Host of "Your $$$$$"
Christine Romans is the host of "Your $$$$$," CNN's weekend business roundtable program, and a business correspondent for American Morning. In her various roles, Romans has extensively covered immigration reform, substance abuse, homeland security, American foreign policy with China and Latin America and education. Previously, Romans was the anchor of CNNfn's "Street Sweep," broadcasting from the New York Stock Exchange. Romans tracked the market's boom through the late 1990s to the economy's swoon from the September 11 attacks. She has investigated the collapse of Enron, WorldCom and numerous other corporate scams and has reported on corruption from the point of view of the investor. In more than 25 segments for "Lou Dobbs Tonight," she exposed misdealings in the mutual fund industry. Her "Exporting America" reporting led "Lou Dobbs Tonight" to an Emmy for outstanding coverage of a business story. The National Foundation for Women Legislators recently honored her with its media excellence award for business reporting. Romans has reported extensively on CEO compensation, conflicts of interest in company boards, upheaval at the New York Stock Exchange and the war on terrorism's effect on markets. Romans joined CNN Business News in 1999. Before that, she reported for Reuters and Knight-Ridder Financial News in the futures trading pits of Chicago. Romans is a graduate of Iowa State University.

Donna Rosato, Senior Writer, Money
Donna Rosato is a senior writer at Money magazine, where she covers consumer advocacy issues, workplace topics and travel trends and regularly contributes to Money's Two Cents personal finance blog at Prior to joining Money in August 2003, Rosato wrote for The New York Times and Smart Money and worked at USA Today for 10 years, covering the airline industry, business travel and the stock market. Rosato also worked as a management consultant on aviation and media projects at Booz Allen & Hamilton. Rosato is a frequent guest on CNN and has discussed personal finance on "The Today Show," "CBS Early Show," NY1, MSNBC and CNBC. Rosato is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She is a member of Columbia University's Knight-Bagehot Alumni Committee and teaches financial literacy workshops to disadvantaged young adults through Good Shepherd Services, a youth development agency in New York. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut, with her husband, David, who is USA Today's New York bureau chief and financial markets editor.

Leigh Gallagher, Senior Editor, Fortune
Leigh Gallagher is a senior editor at Fortune magazine, where she edits the First section of the magazine. She is also a regular contributor to a variety of on-air business news programming, appearing regularly on CNN's "Your Money," "American Morning" and CNN Money Summits; CNBC's "Power Lunch," "Squawk Box" and "Closing Bell;" and an array of Fox News and Fox Business programming. She has also made frequent appearances on CBS's "The Early Show" and NBC's "Today Show" and can be heard every other week on the "Weekly Wrap" show on American Public Media's "Marketplace." Prior to joining Fortune in 2007, Gallagher was a senior editor at Smart Money, where she oversaw and edited coverage of the magazine's consumer-related topics, including travel, real estate, education, healthcare, and personal finance and also appeared regularly on a variety of television networks. Prior to Smart Money, Gallagher spent six years at Forbes magazine, where she wrote features on companies, CEOs and business culture issues. While at Forbes, Gallagher also acted as deputy chief of reporters and as co-editor of the Forbes 400 list. Originally from Media, Pennsylvania, Gallagher is a graduate of Cornell University and lives in New York City.

Stephen Leeb, Economist, Leeb Capital Management
Stephen Leeb holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business along with a master's degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois. Leeb is the author of the new book, "Game Over: How You Can Prosper In A Shattered Economy," published by Business Plus, a division of Warner Books, and six previous books on investments and financial trends. His last book was a bestseller, "The Coming Economic Collapse: How You Can Thrive When Oil Costs $200 a Barrel" (Warner Books). It outlines the biggest challenges facing the American economy and the steps individuals and government can take to forestall them. Leeb has been featured in Investors Business Daily, USA Today, Business Week, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and appeared on Fox News, Bloomberg and CNBC. Leeb is also the editor of The Complete Investor newsletter, which has earned awards for editorial excellence in 2004 and 2005 by the Newsletter & Electronic Publishers Association.

Ryan Mack, President, Optimum Capital Management
Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School with a concentration in finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan, as a stock trader and later as a trader for Knight Securities. He established a financial awareness group in 2003 and began publishing newsletters about financial issues that would be of interest to people of all income levels. Aware of a need to provide advice and services to people of all income levels, Mack established his own financial planning firm, Optimum Capital Management, LLC. He has two licenses of insurance, a certification that enables him to give investment advice, and is registered in numerous states, including New York, Michigan, Ohio and California. He is often invited to speak within the community, where he emphasizes the importance of developing a responsible investment plan that leads to financial independence. Mack teaches the merits of sound budget management and smart investing for all people. As an advocate of philanthropy, Mack has worked diligently within the community and beyond to increase financial awareness.

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