In more then twenty years in journalism, Lisa Napoli has managed to work for almost every major media company (and for several shows and ventures that have unceremoniously shut down).

Lisa began her career at CNN in the early eighties, covered the first Clinton campaign and the Waco standoff for Fox News long before it became a 24-7 news channel, and was one of the first reporters to cover the Web for the mainstream media when she joined the New York Times CyberTimes in 1996, where she wrote the popular Hyperwocky column. For a time, she wrote the Online Diary column for the Times' Circuits section, and she's still a frequent contributor to the paper.

She's also been the on-air correspondent at MSNBC and a columnist at Her documentaries about NASCAR racing and South of the Border, a tourist trap in South Carolina, have aired on public television.

Beyond her journalistic pursuits, Lisa is proud to have worked in craft services on the horror film Hellraiser III, as a publicity coordinator for an alternative to prison for nonviolent female offenders and their children in North Carolina, and as a producer at a division of QVC, where her team produced shows that helped sell all manner of stuff.

Lisa is a proud graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, and lives in Los Angeles, although she is a native of Brooklyn, New York.

She joined Marketplace in February of 2004.


Features by Lisa Napoli

Workers' new worry: 'Reclassification'

IBM employees on Tuesday plan to protest the company's practice of "reclassification," or changing salaried workers to hourly ones. It's a word that's getting a lot of play in corporate America these days. Lisa Napoli reports.

A billion dollars for Circuit City?

Faltering video chain Blockbuster is making a $1.3 billion offer for floundering electronics giant Circuit City. And that's prompting a lot of questions -- like, where's it going to get that kind of money? Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Retail

New corporate credit card has its limits

The days of lavish spending with the corporate credit card may be gone with the down economy. Companies are cutting back, and they just got a new way of policing the plastic. Lisa Napoli reports.

Microsoft waits as Yahoo plays the field

Not so eager to make a deal with Microsoft, Yahoo has been talking with Google, NewsCorp and AOL about various partnerships. Lisa Napoli reports that there's a big reason for all this back and forth.

Emergency warning calling

The good old-fashioned radio is about to get upstaged again, this time by your cell phone. But it's for a good cause. Marketplace's Lisa Napoli explains what the future holds.

Amazon contest promotes new business

A bartender and former high school teacher has won a fiction-writing contest sponsored by and Penguin Books. The competition is part of Amazon's promotion of its new self-publishing business. Lisa Napoli reports.
Posted In: Books

A call to consume more

Las Vegas hosts its annual mobile phone industry conference this week, and show announcements have already begun. Lisa Napoli looks into why this proves that in the mobile phone business, phone calls are old news.
Posted In: Science

Now YouTube is watching you

YouTube, the online video pioneer, has rolled out a way to make tracking your Web-surfing interests and tendencies even easier. And advertisers are going to love it. Lisa Napoli reports.

Is Motorola's split a good call?

Motorola is breaking itself in two, but analysts don't agree on whether it's the best move for the company. Lisa Napoli reports.

An Oracle for the technology market

Business software giant Oracle will share its quarterly earnings later today, and many analysts see the company as an economic indicator for the tech sector. Lisa Napoli looks at why their business is so important.
Posted In: Science, Wall Street


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