Long before most of us get our first hit of caffeine in the morning, Christine Romans is wide awake and whip-smart-ready to deliver the day's top money news to the nation.
The CNN chief business correspondent and cohost of the network's "Early Start" is a veteran business journalist who reported for Reuters and Knight-Ridder Financial News before beginning her tenure at CNN covering the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Despite her jam-packed schedule, the Emmy-winning reporter (and real-life inspiration for the Sloan Sabbith character on HBO's "The Newsroom") has found time to write three books on money matters.
Her most recent one, "Smart Is the New Rich: Money Guide for Millennials," focuses on teaching financial know-how to the next generation.
We caught up with the 44-year-old reporter to talk about what advice she'd give to her 20-year-old self, the biggest money risk she ever took—and the top lesson she's passing on to her three young sons.