Mike Obel works as Senior Editor, Copy Chief. Before that he was Markets Editor, assigning, editing and writing about business, markets, finance and economics. Before coming to International Business Times, he worked on the Finance Desk of The Associated Press in New York. Prior to that he worked for United Press International in Dallas and Philadelphia and the Oil & Gas Journal. Mike has done freelance work for newspapers and worked in corporate public relations, speech writing and media communications for BP PLC and ConocoPhillips.