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: ConAgra
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Posted In: Thanksgiving, turkey, food banks, Charity
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Posted In: Twinkies, Hostess
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Posted In: energy drink, FDA, caffeine
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Posted In: housing market, mortgage, Federal Housing Administration
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Posted In: LGBT, Wall Street, London
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Posted In: Phil Jackson, Lakers, Gautam Mukunda, Mike D'Antoni
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Posted In: Retirement, Jobs, Unemployment, romney
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Posted In: 2012 election, voting
An economist and an engineer on the frustrations and virtues of waiting.
Posted In: food stamps, Election 2012
Politicians keep bringing up the food stamps program this election season -- how does that affect the people who actually use them?