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

Bhutan is a long, long way from U.S.

The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan has changed from an absolute monarchy to the world's newest democracy and reformed its economy. Do the Bhutanese know what they're in for? Marketplace's Lisa Napoli tells the story of playing host to a Bhutanese visitor to Los Angeles.

Getting Personal

In this edition of Getting Personal, Chris and Lisa talk about gift and loan confusion, Health Savings Acccounts, microfinance funds and paying off a mortgage early.

Looking back on a roller coaster week

Lisa Napoli looks back at the erratic and nerve-wracking week that was on Wall Street through the eyes of Marketplace reporters and financial experts.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Starbucks tries to roast its competition

Since other fast food companies have started offering coffee drinks, Starbucks has been seeing their profits drop. Lisa Napoli reports how the coffee giant plans to rebound from recent competition.
Posted In: Retail

Gas is reaching the big 4

Four dollar per gallon is slowly becoming a reality in many parts of the country. Lisa Napoli talks to Garrett Nishida, front desk manager of the Sheraton in Maui, about his feelings on the new gas prices in Hawaii.
Posted In: Economy

When it's no longer Wrigley Field

Seventy-two percent of Chicago Cubs season ticket holders said they would boycott games if Wrigley Field changed its name. Lisa Napoli talks to sports commentator Diana Nyad about the potential side effects of corporate sponsorship.
Posted In: Sports

Not just a bunch of Hulu

NBC and Fox's will allow viewers to download over 200 TV shows and movies for free. While it may seem to be a new and scary venture for profits, Lisa Napoli reports the business model is a familiar one.

We don't hang out with our coworkers

A study out finds that U.S. employees are socializing less with their coworkers than they did about 20 years ago. Lisa Napoli talks to the study's author, University of Michigan's Olenka Kacperczyk, about why.
Posted In: Jobs

Are the Oscars in danger?

What impact did the writers' strike have on Sunday's Oscars? And was Jon Stewart's iPhone a sign of product placement to come? Lisa Napoli poses these questions to Oscars attendee David Carr of the New York Times.
Posted In: Entertainment

Microsoft vows to open up

Microsoft says it will make available about 30,000 pages of once-secret technical information on its products. Lisa Napoli reports on what the company may be hoping to gain by giving out the documentation.
Posted In: Science


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