Raghu Manavalan is a producer for Marketplace Weekend, where he makes content for radio and digital platforms.

Raghu started his public radio career at The Moth storytelling show and podcast, where he still works as the LA-based assistant producer. He later worked as a freelance reporter and producer for local stations such as KPCC and KCRW, before joining Marketplace in 2013 to work in a variety of roles. Highlights of his career include reporting from the bleachers at Dodger Stadium, producing live coverage from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and creating a McDonald’s sales data chart out of stale French fries. He has been awarded a Golden Mike award and AP Mark Twain award for his reporting.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Raghu did not have to move very far to work at Marketplace’s downtown LA office. His ideal Sunday includes basketball and brunch.


Features by Raghu Manavalan

Why has pumpkin dominated the food market?

From coffee to croissants, pumpkin is everywhere.

Fewer Americans are moving. Why?

Where do you live? Why do you live there?
Posted In: homes, real estate, mobility, moving, News

You love my job: JPL's Bobak Ferdowsi

NASA's mohawk guy sounds like he has a dream job, but his days in the office are a lot like the terrestrial jobs on earth.
Posted In: NASA, dream job, Science, Opinion

What Ebola costs one community

Recovery from Ebola could take longer than recovering from war, says one CEO.
Posted In: Ebola, disease, outbreak, Africa, News

Good news! The unemployment rate is 6.1 percent

Bad news, the unemployment rate is (still) 6.1 percent.
Posted In: jobs report, unemployment rate

What was your first job?

Tales from your first paycheck.
Posted In: first job, employment, Opinion
Derive app

Tech IRL: Apps to get lost in familiar places

Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson talks about a few apps that help you discover a neighborhood and city instead of get from point A to point B.
Posted In: urban, Explorer, app, News

My money story: Synthpop band Future Islands

Future Islands and the art of letting go.
Posted In: my money story, Music, band, DIY, Taxes

Space tourism: Still for the future, New Mexico learns

Virgin Galactic hopes to bring space and terrestrial tourists to New Mexico.
Posted In: New Mexico, space, space travel, News


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