Prior to working as a staff reporter at Marketplace David freelanced for Marketplace from New Orleans and St. Louis. Prior to that he worked odd jobs in Seattle, Alaska, Mexico and New York. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and dog.
Posted In: advertising, billboard
On the day digital billboards spread news of the Boston Marathon bombing among Boston drivers, a judge's decision turned off digital billboards in Los Angeles. Cities and advertising companies argue over the bright billboards' value.
Posted In: black market, toner
The arrest of a man for selling $370,000 worth of toner cartridges is a reminder that there are all sorts of mundane materials and products that have a second life on the black market.
Posted In: raj chetty, Economics
Raj Chetty just won the John Bates Clark Medal for economists under the age of 40. We walk with him through one of his experiments that shed light on how people make economic decisions.
Posted In: disney, animation, movies
Disney is letting go of nine of its animators from its hand drawn animation team, a month after the company announced it has no further plans to work in the traditional 2D format.
Posted In: Health, Education, food and drink, kids
School lunch programs with stricter nutrition standards may be helping to reduce obesity in children, especially those who receive free or reduced lunches.
Posted In: JC Penney, JCpenney, Ron Johnson, Retail
J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson has been given the boot after just 17 months as head of the struggling department store chain.
Posted In: higher education, salary, Education
Given the dismal outlook of State budgets across the country, public universities will have to find a way to compete for talent with fewer resources than their private counterparts.
Posted In: illegal immigrants, Immigration, prevailing wage
Key business and labor groups have agreed to a temporary worker plan that may result in political compromise. The deal hinges on paying a "prevailing wage."