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Donna Tam

Executive Editor


Donna Tam is Marketplace's executive editor and the former director of on-demand. I connect our editorial side to our enterprise side, and lead planning and execution. (I make people talk to each other and bug them about to sticking deadlines).

What was your first job?

I had two. I worked as tutor and a pizzeria hostess/cashier. I kind of sucked at the pizzeria job, but I had a great attitude.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Balancing my need to fix things myself with offering people the right tools to help themselves.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Define your worth early and then make a plan.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Hippie farmer. I not-so-secretly want to live off the grid with a vegetable patch and some chickens.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.


What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

I don't know. I have a hard time with consumerism (see hippie farmer comment).

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I used to think that the little tab on the rearview mirror of a car was for hanging good-luck talismans and air fresheners but later found out it was for adjusting your mirror for driving at night.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

When I admitted to our senior vice president that I like to yell about the importance of raising the economic intelligence of the country while drinking at bars.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I have a paper pulp sample (like a piece of card stock) on my desk from the Evergreen Pulp Mill. It was given to me by one of the senior reporters at my first official newspaper job. I've used it as a coaster ever since, so it's covered with coffee stains and pen markings, but every time I look at it, I'm reminded of all the lessons I learned as a cub reporter and how much I've grown.

Latest Stories (110)

Barbara Bush’s literacy legacy

Apr 17, 2018
The former first lady is best known as matriarch of a political powerhouse.
Jeb Bush's wife Columba Bush, left, and former first lady Barbara Bush share a moment in 2016, during at an event for Jed Bush's presidential campaign.
Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Quiz: Who said it? Powell versus Yellen

The two Fed chairs have very similar mindsets when it comes to monetary policy. Can you even tell the difference?
Alex Wong, Zach Gibson/ Getty Images

What these small business owners need from Trump

Jan 19, 2017
Meet entrepreneurs with high hopes for the incoming administration.
Sondralee Orengia, owner of Custom Audio, sells home and car audio systems.
Maitham Basha-Agha/Marketplace

Millennials actually aren’t noncommittal slackers, says new study

Jan 10, 2017
Nearly half of the millennial leaders surveyed by The Conference Board said they plan to work for their companies for more than 15 years.

What rising wages look like around the U.S.

Jan 6, 2017
Wages are on the rise for the first time since President Barack Obama took office. What might this mean for inflation?
A construction laborer works on the site of a new residential building in the Hudson Yards development, Aug. 16, 2016 in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Pan Pan, the ‘grandpa’ of zoo pandas, dies

Dec 30, 2016
The panda patriarch is responsible for 25 percent of the world's captive pandas.
Giant panda 'Pan Pan' holds a mascot of the 16th Asian Games, at a zoo in Fuzhou, south China's Fujian province on Nov. 12, 2010, to celebrate the opening ceremony of Guangzhou Asian Games.
STR/AFP/Getty Images

The major industry ties of Trump’s cabinet picks

Dec 23, 2016
The president-elect has chosen the majority of his administration already. What company connections do they bring with them?
Arjuna Soriano/Marketplace

Most high school students aren't applying for financial aid, study says

Dec 1, 2016
The completion rates for student financial aid is “all over the map,” according to a new report.
Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Let’s do the numbers: the business of fake news

Nov 22, 2016
There’s talk of made-up news moving the needle during the election and beyond. So how profitable is it?
Social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter have been scrutinized for promoting fake news on their sites. 

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