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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The Justice Department is nearing a decision on Aetna's $34 billion deal with Humana and Anthem's $54 billion agreement to buy Cigna.
With Juno shares down more than 30 percent after the FDA puts clinical trials on hold, CNBC's Bertha Coombs reports the latest from the Nasdaq.
Shares of Humana dived more than 10 percent after speculation from analysts that the DOJ wants to meet over antitrust concerns.
Walgreens' Pessina estimates that the combined company will have to sell roughly 500 stores in order to gain regulatory approval from the FTC.
If regulators block Anthem's merger with Cigna, the insurance companies may be better off just walking away, analysts said.