Darla Mercado is an American journalist based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey . She is a reporter at CNBC covering financial planning, life insurance, annuities and retirement plans.   
Mercado graduated from University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor's degree in English. She later attended New York University , where she received a Master's degree in journalism . 
Prior to joining CNBC in July 2016, Mercado was a reporter at InvestmentNews , a New York City-based newspaper, writing on the retirement and insurance beat.