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CNBC ADDS TWO JOURNALISTS

Kayla Tausche Will Join the Network as a General Assignment Reporter

Margaret Popper Will Join the Network as a Senior Producer & Editor

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., December 7, 2010—CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced that Kayla Tausche and Margaret Popper will join the network. Tausche will be a general assignment reporter covering corporate finance and deals, and Popper will be a senior producer helping oversee the network’s banking and finance coverage. Both will contribute to CNBC.com.

“Covering banking and corporate finance is at the heart of what CNBC does best,” said Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC Business Day programming. “The addition of both Kayla and Margaret will immediately add value to CNBC’s viewers and users, and continue to enhance our dominant position as the leader in business news.”

Before joining CNBC, Tausche was based in London as the assistant editor of DealReporter, a Financial Times-owned publication geared toward merger arbitrage investors. Previously, she was a New York-based journalist at DealReporter, where her M&A coverage consistently broke stories on high-profile deals like the takeover of Cadbury, the unraveling of Hunstman-Hexion and the leveraged buyout of Interactive Data Corp. She has appeared frequently on CNBC’s Business Day programming to discuss M&A. Prior to DealReporter, Tausche worked on the companies desk at Bloomberg News, covering earnings in the consumer and retail industry under a fellowship from the Steamboat Foundation. She began her journalism career at the Brussels bureau of the Associated Press. Tausche holds a bachelor’s degree in business journalism and international politics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was an Ameel J. Fisher scholar in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication, where she earned honors for research analyzing newspaper coverage of the British handover of Hong Kong.

Popper comes to CNBC from Bloomberg TV where she was the banking and finance producer, responsible for booking guests and producing stories on the finance beat. She started in television as an on-air reporter covering the banking beat. Popper jumped to television after several years on the finance team at Bloomberg's news service. Before joining Bloomberg, Popper was an associate economics editor at BusinessWeek magazine. Prior to working for the magazine, Popper was at BusinessWeek Online where she covered investing, finance, capital markets and economics. While at BusinessWeek, she appeared as a guest on ABC, CNN, CNNfn, and CNBC. As a freelance journalist, Popper covered banks, investing and finance from Madrid and London for BusinessWeek, Euromoney, Institutional Investor and Investment Dealers’ Digest. Popper started her career as a banker working at Chemical Bank, Kidder Peabody and Dean, Witter Reynolds. Popper earned a master’s degree in business administration from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

About CNBC:
CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news, providing real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 340 million homes worldwide, including more than 95 million households in the United States and Canada. The network's Business Day programming (weekdays from 5:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and also includes reports from CNBC news bureaus worldwide. Additionally, CNBC viewers can manage their individual investment portfolios and gain additional in-depth information from on-air reports by accessing http://www.cnbc.com.

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