Risk & Insurance

Who We Are

Risk & Insurance® covers the people, stories and risks that embody the essential functions of risk management and commercial insurance.

What We Do

Some people think of risk management and commercial insurance as staid and dull. Even some insurance executives believe their industry is inferior to the power of Wall Street or innovation of Silicon Valley.

That’s where we come in.

We see Risk as the most pervasive challenge facing business leaders. The world is becoming ever more interconnected and developed while the speed of technological innovation increases and societal unrest grows. The result is the proliferation of new risks at an almost incalculable rate, global turmoil caused by regional events and the correlation of previously independent risk categories.

Without risk mitigation and transfer, primarily through insurance, our economy and society would not exist as we know it. No other profession and industry is so integral to global commerce or impacted by world events.

So what’s not to love?

Risk & Insurance® strives to identify emerging risks and mitigation strategies, while covering the fascinating people who drive the industry forward. We obsess about the myriad ways insurance plays a vital role in our economy. Our goal is to not only inform and help our readers succeed in their careers but also to inspire and motivate.

To accomplish this goal, our coverage is rooted in a set of defining principles:

  • Insurance is Vital.
  • Risk is Compelling.
  • People Matter Most.
  • Storytelling Applies.
  • Creativity is Essential.
  • Positive Outlook

Topics We Cover

While our approach and tone are our most important differentiators, we also provide expert coverage of core topics such as property and liability as well as the many specialties that comprise the risk management and commercial insurance universe. In addition, we are well known for covering specialized risks faced by a multitude of industries such as Energy, Transportation, Construction, Health Care, etc.

Workers’ Compensation and the large ecosystem of related specialties is an area where we particularly excel. Combined with our conference, The National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference and Expo® and our dedicated micro-site, The WorkersComp Forum®, our coverage is unmatched.

Our People

Matt-V2Matthew Kahn ([email protected])  is the President of Risk & Insurance Group. He oversees the editorial and sales teams as well as developing new content and platform offerings. Prior to joining R&I in 2002, he worked as a management consultant and ran the office of an internet 1.0 start-up, both in NYC. Matthew graduated with a business degree from Cornell University. His best risk management lessons come from his frequent aviation experiences as a pilot.

Ed-V2Edward Baniak ([email protected]) is the Associate Publisher of Risk & Insurance®.  In addition to managing a very successful sales territory in the Northeast and Bermuda, Edward also coordinates various operational functions at the magazine. Having started his career with R&I in 1998, he is the longest tenured team member.  Edward graduated from Delaware Valley College with a degree in business.  He currently enjoys playing goalie for a few local hockey teams, fishing, golfing, the OBX and spending time with his family.

Dan Reynolds ([email protected]) is Editor-in-Chief of Risk & Insurance®.   In addition to his responsibilities overseeing the magazine’s print and online content, he is the author of Risk Scenarios. Dan is an award-winning editor and writer with more than 20 years’ experience in journalism, including positions as a reporter for the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kris-V2Kris Kaloupis ([email protected]) is Client Support Lead at Risk & Insurance®. She manages advertising insertion order process, digital ad placements as well as day to day administrative tasks for the entire R&I team. Kris graduated with a business administration degree from Arcadia University in 2011.  Publications.

Nate-V2Nate Yeagle ([email protected]) is a National Account Executive at Risk & Insurance®.  He co-manages business development for the magazine.  Prior to joining R&I in 2008, Nate worked in corporate sales, marketing, and business development for a number of large retail organizations.  Nate graduated from St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, with a Master’s in Business Administration focused in Management and an Undergraduate degree in Marketing.

Michelle-263Michelle Kerr ([email protected]) is Workers’ Compensation Editor at Risk & Insurance®. Michelle has spent nearly 20 years covering workers’ compensation and safety issues as well as writing about all facets of insurance and risk management. She has served as the coordinator of the Theodore Roosevelt Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management Awards, aka The Teddy Awards, since 2003. Outside the office, her dog takes her for frequent walks, and she serves as unpaid Uber and personal ATM to one super lucky teenager.

Amanda Taylor ([email protected]) is a Client Project Manager at Risk & Insurance®. She works closely with clients to execute custom projects and content offerings. Prior to joining Risk & Insurance in 2018, Amanda worked in a variety of industries, including litigation management and manufacturing. When not in the office, Amanda has her hands full with her crazy and goofy son. He definitely keeps her on her toes!

Autumn Heisler  ([email protected]) is a Digital Producer & Assistant Editor for Risk & Insurance®. She writes features, is the content producer for Legal Spotlight and manages the digital publication schedule for the site. Prior experience includes writing for a Philadelphia-based health care publication and as a freelancer for the East Penn Press. Autumn holds a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from Widener University.

Emily Spennato ([email protected]) is a staff writer at Risk & Insurance. She contributes pieces on a variety of industry topics and coordinates social media. She is responsible for compiling People on the Move installments. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marist College.


Courtney DuChene ([email protected]) is a staff writer for Risk & Insurance® with a focus on creating content on injury prevention and the workers’ compensation industry. Prior to joining R&I, she interned at Philadelphia Magazine, where she wrote a weekly business advice column, and as a digital news intern for NBC Philadelphia. Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College in English and media and communications studies.

Kristie Strout ([email protected]) is a Client Project Manager at Risk & Insurance®. She works closely with clients to execute custom projects and content offerings. She started with Risk & Insurance in 2011. Kristie has also worked in the banking and data analytics industries. She graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Journalism, concentration in Advertising.