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

What's the history of sewage treatment? How do biosolids fit in?

The circle of life. Milorganite pellets (photo above) are made from recycled waste, aka biosolids, and used to help fertilize crops and improve l...
Posted In: biosolids, sewage, treatment, waste, wastewater

Oil Spill Index: How long until the BP well is permanently sealed?

Easy Answer: It could be days instead of weeks; a BP spokesman says it's hard to know. The New York Times is guessing it could be done by the end...
Posted In: BP, oil spill, permanant, sealed, well

How can I figure out where my home is using energy? How can I do my own energy audit?

Easy Answer: We've made a Do-It-Yourself Energy Audit guide for you (with help from the Department of Energy and Consumer Reports)....
Posted In: DIY, electricity, energy, energy audit, energy bill, marketplace money, power

DIY Energy Audit: Air Leaks

Air leaks can be expensive (just think of all the heat and air conditioning we send to the great outdoors). But not to fret, the Leak Detective ...
Posted In: air conditioner, air leaks, energy, energy audit, energy bill, marketplace money

DIY Energy Audit: Insulation

When I think of insulation, I think about the Pink Panther. (As a kid, those ads were awesome. But did they really get adults to buy the...
Posted In: bills, energy, energy audit, energy bill, insulation, marketplace money

DIY Energy Audit: Heating and Cooling Systems

That perfect room temperature can be hard to agree on, and, depending on your location, even harder to pay for. In most places in the country,...
Posted In: cooling, energy, energy audit, energy bill, heating, marketplace money

DIY Energy Audit: Appliances

Your appliances can be energy hogs--especially that old fridge you keep in the garage. Want to know just how much it's costing you?...
Posted In: appliance, audit, DIY, energy, energy audit, energy bill, marketplace money, watt, watt meter

DIY Energy Audit: Lighting

Got an hour? Making lighting improvements is one of the easiest energy upgrades you can make. Each compact florescent bulb you use can save you ...
Posted In: energy, energy audit, energy bill, light bulbs, lights, marketplace money

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