March 7, 2006

Herb Weisbaum, one of America’s top consumer experts, joins the nation’s No. 1 TV news website, MSNBC.com, as a weekly consumer columnist.  Starting today, “Ask The ConsumerMan” will run weekly in the MSNBC.com business section and will answer consumers’ questions, provide tips and share useful information to save people time, money and help them avoid scams.  It can be found at www.asktheconsumerman.msnbc.com.  

"Herb Weisbaum is synonymous with consumer reporting,” said Jennifer Sizemore, managing editor, MSNBC.com.  “His wealth of experience exposing everything from quack medications to online scams further enhances MSNBC.com's ‘news you can use’ consumer coverage, giving our readers a place to turn for advice, insight and entertaining commentary."

Weisbaum’s presence bolsters MSNBC.com's already outstanding consumer advocacy coverage.  Existing coverage on MSNBC.com includes Bob Sullivan's “Red Tape Chronicles” blog (www.redtape.msnbc.com ), which aims to expose unnecessary government bureaucracy, corporate sneakiness and scam artists, and “Answer Desk,” (www.answerdesk.msnbc.com) a weekly business column by John Schoen that answers questions on topics ranging from real estate and investing to college savings and credit card debt. 

Weisbaum, an Emmy Award-winning reporter and frequent contributor to NBC News’ “Today,” CBS News, and Woman’s Day, FamilyPC and Good Housekeeping magazines, has been offering advice to American consumers for more than 25 years. 

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