Christine Romans is the anchor of "Early Start" with John Berman, CNN's chief business correspondent and the host of CNN Money, CNN's Saturday business program. In addition, Romans reports on the economy, politics and international business for CNNs morning shows. Her reporting is also regularly featured on CNN International. Romans is known as CNN's explainer-in-chief of all things money, translating complicated international finance to kitchen table economics. She is the author of two books: How to Speak Money (Wiley 2011) and Smart is the New Rich (Wiley 2010).
Romans' coverage focuses on the latest breaking developments in the current economic crises and what they mean to Americans and their money. When President Obama talks about the economic crisis and the road ahead, CNN relies on Christine Romans for her perspective and instant analysis of the administrations efforts to rescue the American economy. Reporting on, among other issues, the bank crisis, the AIG bailout, the intricacies of the derivative markets, and the economic stimulus and its effect on American wallets, Romans brings an award-winning career in business reporting. In 2010, Romans co-hosted Madoff: Secrets of a Scandal," a special hour-long investigative report examining disgraced financier Bernard Madoff and how he perpetrated one of the largest investor frauds ever committed by an individual. In 2009, her special In God We Trust: Faith & Money in America explored the intersection of how our religious values govern the way we think about and spend our money.
Previously, Romans served as a correspondent for Moneyline and Lou Dobbs Tonight. In her various roles, she has extensively covered immigration reform, substance abuse, homeland security, American foreign policy with China and Latin America and education. Her series of reports "Living Dangerously" illustrated the risks and precautions for the nearly 30 percent of America's population living in the path of an Atlantic-coast hurricane. In Deadly Hospitals, she examined how hospitals spread dangerous infections and what patients can do to protect themselves. 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.
Romans joined CNN Business News in 1999, spending several years reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Romans was the anchor of CNNfn's Street Sweep tracking the market's boom through the late 1990s to the economy's uphill battle after the Sept. 11 attacks. In addition, she led CNNs coverage of the first democratic elections in Iraqs history from CNN Center in Atlanta. She contributed to CNNs award-winning coverage of Hurricane Rita in 2005 and reported during the funeral events for President Ford.
She received an Emmy Award in 2004 for her work on Exporting America, an investigation into the impact of globalization on U.S. workers. Romans was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its Hurricane Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. The National Foundation for Women Legislators has honored her with its media excellence award for business reporting and the Greenlee School of Journalism named her the 2009 James W. Schwartz award recipient.
Prior to joining CNN, she reported for Reuters and Knight-Ridder Financial News in the futures trading pits of Chicago.
Romans is a graduate of Iowa State University.