Adriene Hill is the senior multimedia reporter for LearningCurve.

In elementary school, she figured out how to hack Scantron forms (though she never used this power for evil). In high school, she sat in the back of math class and attempted to program her TI-81 to do relatively idiotic things.

Prior to joining Marketplace in 2010, she worked at WBEZ in Chicago, first as an intern, then producer of the local show Eight Forty-Eight, then news desk editor and reporter. Hill has received numerous awards for her contribution to a project she worked on at WBEZ called "Inside & Out."

They include: Associated Press Illinois – Best Investigative Series and Best Series/Documentary; Lisagor awards – Online Investigative Reporting and Public Affairs Programming; Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi – Public Service Award; RTDNA Murrow Awards – Best Continuing Coverage; and PRNDI National – Best Multi-Media Presentation, First Place Enterprise/Investigative, First Place Series.

Hill is a graduate of Amherst College where she earned her bachelor's degree in political science and economics. She has a Master's degree in political science from Northwestern University.

A native of Celo, N.C., Hill currently resides in Los Angeles where the weather is really as good as people say it is. In her spare time, she likes to hike, cook and sew.

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Features by Adriene Hill

The meta-convention: a trade show for trade shows

The trade show and convention industry has bounced back from the recession.
Posted In: trade shows, Las Vegas

Do you tip your barista?

Knowing when to tip is more confusing than ever. Starbucks' app has a solution.
Posted In: starbucks, tipping

Gas, oil, and Ukraine's economy

The modern world needs a few things: Gas, food, and functioning economies. Russia's economy is almost entirely dependent on oil and natural gas exports. It provides more than a third of Europe's oil and natural gas. And about 80 percent of that comes through pipelines in Ukraine. 

Russia is Europe's biggest gas supplier; daily flows of that commodity are worth almost $100 million a day. The largest consumer of that gas? Germany. But what about in the U.S.? Domestically, we import only a little gas and oil from Russia, about 5 percent. But even small energy disruptions across the globe could make our fuel prices rise.

The good and bad of rising consumer debt

Consumer debt is up, particularly among young adults. Is this a good sign?
Posted In: debt, consumer behavior, young adults

Drought or not, how should we value water?

The deep California drought is a reminder that water isn’t an infinite resource.
Posted In: California drought 2014

What seasonally adjusted data does and doesn't mean

Retail numbers out today don’t look great, sales fell by 0.4 percent in January— when you take into account “seasonal adjustment”.
Posted In: Unemployment, seasonally adjusted data, weather

California's drought: Bad, but not the whole economy

California is in the middle of its worst drought in a century. Why isn't that enough to tip the economy?
Posted In: california, drought, California drought 2014

How much do Olympic figure skating dresses cost?

Love them or laugh at them, Olympics figure skating costumes are hard to ignore. They’re just so shiny. But how much does all the sparkle cost? Thousands.
Posted In: Olympics, Sochi

What story will Twitter's first earnings report tell?

As Twitter reports earnings as a public company for the first time, analysts watch for more than just how much money it brought in.
Posted In: Twitter, Twitter IPO, Earnings

Marijuana advocates use Super Bowl as advocacy tool

Both teams in Sunday’s game are from states where marijuana is legal.
Posted In: marijuana, Super Bowl

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