Deborah Ball Kearns is managing editor of mortgages at LendingTree as well as LendingTree-owned websites MagnifyMoney and ValuePenguin. She’s a veteran journalist and corporate communicator with more than 15 years of experience and a passion for all things real estate.
Prior to joining LendingTree, Deborah was a real estate editor and mortgage reporter for Bankrate. She also served as Bankrate’s go-to authority on housing and mortgages, appearing as a spokesperson for television, print and radio
Previously, Deborah covered housing and mortgage news as a freelance writer and a staff writer at NerdWallet. She also spent nearly eight years as a senior editor of corporate communications at RE/MAX World Headquarters. She began her career as a cops beat reporter at The Gainesville Sun, a mid-sized daily newspaper in Gainesville, Fla. During her tenure at The Sun, she won (with staff) a first-place Sunshine State Award for breaking news reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter.
Over the years, Deborah’s work has appeared in numerous top-tier media outlets, such as the Associated Press, New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, CNBC, Time, MarketWatch, Denver Post, Realtor.com, Alaska Magazine, Country Living and more.
Deborah lives in Denver with her husband and two children.
Deborah holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and a master's degree in public relations from Ball State University. She is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
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