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Bertha Coombs

Bertha Coombs
CNBC Reporter

Bertha Coombs is a reporter for CNBC, covering financial markets, business news stories and health care throughout the business day. She is based at the Nasdaq Marketsite in Times Square.

Her health care coverage at CNBC has ranged from covering the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the failed launch of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges, to how cancer researchers are using IBM's Watson to improve cancer care, and how doctors are using mobile technology to treat patients in their own homes. She also covered the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the impact of the financial crisis of 2008, and reported on the oil markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile exchange.

Before joining CNBC, Coombs was a reporter and anchor for the pioneering online business network, Yahoo Finance Vision, and served as a freelance reporter for the former CNNfn financial network. Prior, she served as a reporter for ABC News One, and a substitute anchor for "World News Now" and "World News This Morning."

She began her career in general news, with previous reporting and anchoring positions at WABC-TV in New York, WPLG-TV in Miami and WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

Coombs is a graduate of Yale University and was awarded the Leo Beranek Reporter Training Fellowship at WCVB-TV in Boston. Born in Havana, Cuba, she speaks fluent Spanish.

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  • Obamacare: The root of the problem Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 10:15 AM ET
    Obamacare: The root of the problem

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs and Mike Smith, Compuware, show the disparity the users are facing when accessing Healthcare.gov and why location matters when signing up.

  • HealthCare.gov sign-ups: 6 people. Yes, 6 Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 10:59 PM ET

    Just six enrollments made it through HealthCare.Gov in the first 24 hours, documents from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee show.

  • Obama blames 'bad apple' insurers for dropped coverage

    CNBC's Bertha Coombs discusses President Obama┬┐s argument that before Obamacare some "bad apple insurers" were selling plans that didn't do enough to protect patients.