Darla Mercado is a personal finance writer for CNBC.com, based out of the company's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. She covers financial planning, life insurance, annuities and retirement plans.
Prior to joining CNBC, Mercado was a reporter at InvestmentNews, a New York City-based newspaper, writing on the retirement and insurance beat.
Darla earned her bachelor's degree in English at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County and graduated from New York University with a master's degree in journalism.
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