Rob Blackwell is the editor-in-chief of American Banker.
He has covered the financial services arena for nearly two decades, working first as a reporter covering Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the banking regulators, and anti-money laundering rules, among other topics. In 2005, he was named Washington Bureau Chief and subsequently helped guide the paper through its coverage of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, including articles on “too big to fail” and the drafting and passage of the Dodd-Frank Act.
In 2014, he was promoted to Group Editorial Director for Regulatory Policy for SourceMedia, leading the coverage of financial policy issues for American Banker, National Mortgage News, Credit Union Journal and PaymentsSource. In 2016, he helped guide coverage of the phony-accounts scandal at Wells Fargo and spearheaded SourceMedia's coverage of the 2016 presidential election across multiple brands. He was promoted to Editor-in-Chief in September 2017.
In 2017, Rob was given the Neal Award's Tim White Award, which recognizes editors "whose work displays extraordinary courage, integrity, and passion." He has helped American Banker win two Neal awards, the first as a reporter on a series about deposit insurance reform, the second as an editor for a series on Wells Fargo's fake accounts scandal. He has appeared on NPR, BBC, CNBC, Fox Business and C-SPAN as an expert on financial regulatory policy. He is also the author of six novels.
House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling shifted tactics on housing finance reform Wednesday, acknowledging that a bill he’s pushed for years to virtually eliminate the government’s role in the mortgage market lacks the support to become law.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s 2013 guidance putting indirect auto lenders on the hook for unintentional discrimination by their partner dealers should have been subject to congressional review, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday.
The regulatory relief bill would raise the SIFI threshold to $250 billion of assets and allow mortgages held in portfolio to be counted as "qualified," among other items, but it is far less sweeping than institutions had hoped.