Consumer Ally is here for you

Welcome to WalletPop's Consumer Ally, where our team of writers is here to help inform you about issues affecting consumers and help you, the consumer, better navigate your way through the perils we all encounter. Consumer Ally is the 2010 winner of the New York Press Club award for best consumer reporting online. Turn here first when looking for stories on scams, food and product safety (see our special page on cribs).

Mitch Lipka, who coordinates the team, has 25 years of news experience writing for publications including The Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Consumer Reports.