Shereen Marisol Meraji is a reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty Desk. Before coming to Marketplace, Meraji was a business and economy reporter for Southern California Public Radio. There, she covered entertainment, technology, entrepreneurship, and breaking business news. Meraji also worked at NPR from 2003-2011. First, as a producer for Day to Day and then for NPR’s flagship news magazine, All Things Considered. Over that time, Meraji produced by day and worked as a freelance reporter for NPR in her free time (nights, weekends, and vacations) until she landed a full-time reporting gig at Southern California Public Radio. In 2007 Meraji received Johns Hopkins University’s International Reporting Project Fellowship, which took her to Beirut, Lebanon. In Beirut, her stories focused on the effects of the 2006 war on youth and youth culture, and they aired on NPR. Meraji is a native Californian with family roots in Puerto Rico and Iran. Her first real job in college involved radio journalism and she hasn’t been able to shake her passion for story telling since. The best career advice Meraji ever received was from veteran radio journalist Alex Chadwick, who said, “when you see a herd of reporters chasing the same story, run in the opposite direction.” She’s invested in multiple pairs of running shoes and is ready to wear them out at Marketplace.
Posted In: fiscal cliff
If the government fails to agree on a budget, what, if anything, can poor people do to weather the automatic spending cuts that will kick in after the nation plunges off the fiscal cliff?
Posted In: Newtown, school security, safety
Schools are willing to spend to make schools safe, but security systems aren't a panacea.
Posted In: movies, 3d, The Hobbit
'Hobbit' producers try to maximize audience with a variety of viewing formats.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Charity, tax deduction, Taxes
Marketplace Wealth and Poverty reporter Shereen Marisol Meraji takes a look at how the charitable tax deduction has changed over time and why some think lowering it could benefit the middle class.
Posted In: holiday shopping
Families and experts share how they express their generosity without pulling out the plastic.
Posted In: tax, estate tax, wealth gap, fiscal cliff
Some wealthy individuals say a higher estate tax is fair, but others are fighting against proposed changes.
Posted In: Taxes, fiscal cliff, charitable deduction, philanthropy
The history of the tax deduction for charitable giving and why charities are worried it could change.
Posted In: jobs report, Unemployment
Economists are forecasting nearly 100,000 fewer jobs were created in November than in October.
Posted In: Jobs, bachelor's degree
Jobs that used to require no post-secondary education are seeing 'degree inflation.'
Posted In: Sports, college sports
University of Louisville shifts to the ACC, the latest conference shift in college sports.