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 Futures Now team discusses oil prices into July 4th weekend. With Jeff Kilburg, KKM Financial, and Anthony Grisanti, GRZ Energy.
Big employers will see health costs grow in line with trends, but there's a shift in what's driving spending, PwC's Health Research Institute says.
Ahead of a busy travel weekend, CNBC’s Bertha Coombs reports AAA is saying 34 million Americans will hit the road this Memorial Day holiday.
Centene is one of the few insurers making money on Obamacare plans, but CEO Michael Neidorff tells Bertha Coombs the exchange marketplace needs structural reform. He also weighs in on the uncertainty surrounding Anthem and Cigna's proposed merger. The two spoke at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference in New York.