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Herb Greenberg      

TheStreet, CNBC

Herb Greenberg is an American journalist,. He rejoined TheStreet on August 16, 2013 as a commentator and editor of Herb Greenberg's Reality Check newsletter.

He also continues as a contributor for CNBC, where Greenberg had been senior stocks commentator since June 2010.

Prior to joining CNBC, Greenberg left journalism to start a stock research firm with Debbie Meritz, an analyst and accountant. The firm, GreenbergMeritz Research & Analytics, was subscription-only and was targeted to institutional investors, investment banks and accounting firms.

Before starting his research firm, Greenberg was a columnist and blogger for MarketWatch.com and a former columnist for The Wall Street Journal.

He had also been a contributor to CNBC, having appeared regularly on a variety of shows. During the first year of Mad Money, he was a show regular, battling host Jim Cramer in a weekly segment called, "East vs. West".

Prior to joining MarketWatch.com, Greenberg was senior columnist for TheStreet.com for six years.

Before transitioning to online journalism, Greenberg spent 10 years as the six-day-a-week columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle's Business section. While at the Chronicle, for several years in the mid-1990s, he also had his own America Online business commentary site, Bizinsider.

Also while at the Chronicle, Greenberg spent several years as the morning business reporter for KRON-TV in San Francisco and freelanced for five years as the monthly "Against the Grain" columnist for Fortune (magazine).

Earlier, Greenberg was a New York-based financial correspondent for the Chicago Tribune after transferring from its Chicago newsroom, where he covered the food and restaurant industry.

Greenberg has also worked for Crain's Chicago Business, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Amusement Business, and the Boca Raton News.

Greenberg is an alumnus of the University of Miami with a bachelor's degree in journalism. He now resides in Connecticut.

Greenberg is known for flying red flags over public companies. According to a Harvard Business School study,Greenberg has reported alleged inappropriate accounting on different companies more than any other reporter.

He started an investigation into the software company AremisSoft, which was later sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for fraud around 4 October 2001.

According to the SEC, Its former chief executive, Roys Poyiadjis, later consented to disgorge around $200 million "of unlawful profit from his trading in AremisSoft stock -- among the largest recoveries the SEC has obtained from an individual."

Later he did an investigation into A.C.L.N., a Belgian company whose ships transported cars to Africa from Europe.

It was later sued by the SEC on 8 October 2002 and delisted by the New York Stock Exchange. In 2004 the company agreed to disgorge around $27.6 million, which as to be returned to investors. The company has subsequently disappeared.

Then he exposed accounting questions about MBIA, the bond insurer. Much of his focus was on the controversial retroactive reinsurance transaction involving the Allegheny Health, Education and Research Foundation (AHERF), which was the focus of separate investigations by the SEC, the New York Attorney General and the New York State Insurance Department.

The company settled the case by paying $75 million in penalties and disgorgemen

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