Laurie Kulikowski has been with TheStreet since September 2006, first covering banks and financial services. She expanded the small-business beat in January 2011 and as the retail sector reporter in April 2013. Before working at TheStreet, Laurie was a reporter for American Banker, where she was a part of the banks and markets team from 2004 to 2006. Prior to American Banker, she was the online managing editor at Financial Planning magazine. Laurie received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Binghamton University and a master's in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.