Renae Merle joined The Washington Post’s business desk in September 2001. She has covered local defense contractors, consumer affairs and the collapse of the housing market in 2008. Merle has also worked for the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Texas at Austin and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, where she was also a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in economics and business journalism. She also has an MBA from Columbia University.