cnnLou Whiteman has followed the markets for nearly three decades, developing extensive contacts including industry leaders, consultants, regulators, and labor representatives. Lou has provided analysis of negotiations ahead of deal announcements, identified takeout targets prior to auctions being made public, and participated in briefings with regulators and CEOs.


A current Fool, Lou previously experience includes stints at TheStreet.com and its institutional service, The Deal. He has appeared on numerous television and radio outlets, including CNN International and National Public Radio. He also provides commentary via the Fits and Starts newsletter.

Lou spends his free time out in nature, complaining online about the Baltimore Orioles or Watford FC, or listening to early 1990s alt rock. He occasionally re-reads Walker Percy. Born in London and raised in Maryland, Lou now calls Atlanta home.