Rebecca Lake has been writing about personal finance and business for nearly a decade. In addition to covering credit cards and investing for U.S. News, she's a regular contributor to and The Balance. She's also worked with a number of banking and financial brands, including Citibank, Discover Bank and AIG Insurance.

Lake's other publication credits include a number of credit-focused personal finance sites, such as Credit Karma, Credit Sesame and CreditDonkey. As a small business owner, she's particularly interested in educating entrepreneurs, fellow business owners and side hustlers on how to build credit by leveraging credit cards and loans. Originally from the mountains of Virginia, she now lives on the coast of North Carolina with her two children. You can follow her on Twitter @seemomwrite or connect with her on LinkedIn.