Helen Reis

Helen Reis
Title: Senior News Editor
Education: University of New Hampshire
Location: Lyme, CT
Expertise: Credit Cards, Banking, Insurance, Personal Finance, Finance
  • Senior editor leading the news coverage for The Balance
  • Veteran journalist who has covered banking, credit cards, insurance, and other finance topics 
  • Former team leader and editor overseeing U.S. insurance coverage for Bloomberg News
  • Former editorial director of content syndication at Bloomberg


Helen is a veteran journalist with more than 17 years of experience, mostly in business and finance news. She is passionate about making complicated topics easy for the layperson to understand and compulsive about accuracy and transparency. She joined The Balance in June 2019 and became senior news editor in May 2020 to lead the expansion of the site's personal finance news coverage.

Helen started her financial journalism career at American Banker in 1999 after four years as a reporter for two daily newspapers. In 2000, she moved to Bloomberg, where she served as a banking and insurance reporter and then as a team leader and editor covering the U.S. insurance trade and billionaire investor Warren Buffett. Helen’s team ran some of the biggest storylines in the industry, including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the fall of AIG CEO Hank Greenberg. 

Helen later became the editorial director of content syndication for Bloomberg, heading up the editorial side of news graphics and overseeing partnerships with newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and the Washington Post. She left Bloomberg in 2011 to start a family, re-entering the workforce when she joined The Balance.


Helen has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire, where she graduated summa cum laude.

About The Balance

The Balance, a Dotdash Meredith brand, makes money easy to understand. We give people tools they need to not only make smart financial decisions but also prepare for the experiences they will have along the way. Our team of expert writers and editors have extensive qualifications in the topics they cover, and many of them have MBAs, PhDs, CFPs, and other advanced degrees and professional certifications. We require our writers to use primary sources in their articles, which are also approved by our Financial Review Board and fact-checked. You can learn more about the standards we follow in producing accurate, unbiased content in our editorial policy.

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