Francine McKenna is a reporter for MarketWatch, a Dow Jones company in Washington, DC. Her work also appears online and in print occasionally in Wall Street Journal, a sister publication.
McKenna a CPA registered in Illinois and was previously a freelance writer whose work appeared in Forbes magazine, The Financial Times, Accountancy magazine and Accountancy Age in the UK, American Banker, The Columbia Journalism Review, Al Jazeera US, Reuters Breakingviews, The University of Chicago’s Capital Ideas magazine, the FEI blog, and Boston Review amongst many others.
In the spring of 2017 McKenna was a Journalist in Residence at the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago, writing about and researching issues like crony capitalism, regulatory capture and the various forms of subversion of competition by special interests.
She is an adjunct professor in American University’s Kogod School of Business teaching international business in its MBA program.
re: The Auditors is McKenna’s own specialized news website about the business of the Big Four auditors. Her column “Accounting Watchdog” appeared at Forbes.com from 2010 to 2015. Her column “Accountable” appeared in American Banker from 2011 to 2012. She also wrote at Medium.com for the “Bull Market” collection.
McKenna has been a finalist twice for UCLA’s Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Financial and Business Journalism - in 2013 for her work at Forbes magazine and in 2010 in the online commentary and blogging category for her blog, re: The Auditors.com.
She has more than twenty years of experience in professional services firms, banks, and other industrial companies. McKenna was a Director for PwC, auditing the firm itself. She began her consulting career at KPMG, eventually directing the Y2K PMO for JP Morgan in Latin America and was BearingPoint’s first female Managing Director in Latin America. She has lived and worked in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. She began her career in internal audit at Chicago’s Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust.
McKenna is frequently quoted in media on accounting, audit, fraud and corporate governance including previously by The New York Times, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Motley Fool, Forbes, the FEI blog, Bloomberg, The Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, The Financial Times, BusinessWeek, The Sunday Times of Dublin, "Background Briefing" for Australian Broadcasting, and The Times of London amongst others. She has also appeared on Chicago Tonight, a daily Chicago public television news program, and on Marketplace and All Things Considered, the national public radio shows.
She also speaks often on the accounting and audit industry to the media, university groups, professional associations and private organizations. McKenna is a Chicago native, has a Masters degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor in Science from Purdue University’s Krannert School where she majored in accounting.
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