Donna Tam

Senior project manager


I connect our editorial side to our enterprise side and help with 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. Maybe manage a co-op.

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)

Canada: Our biggest trade partner, by the numbers

Mar 10, 2016
Here are some of the major things we import from the neighboring country. (No, maple syrup is not one of them.)
US President Barack Obama and Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk trade relations on Thursday.
Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Startup funding not limited to California, New York

Mar 7, 2016
This funding heat map shows there’s money to be made outside of your usual venture-heavy states.
A screenshot of Mattermark's startup funding heat map.
Donna Tam/Marketplace

Clinton is election's big spender, but not $90k-for-a-playlist big

Mar 7, 2016
The presidential hopeful’s campaign gets thrashed on Twitter for some misinformation about her campaign spending.
 Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic Presidential Town Hall at on Feb. 3. 
Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Trump University drama: what does a D- from the BBB even mean?

Mar 4, 2016
Unraveling the Better Business Bureau grade commotion from the GOP debate.
Republican Presidential Candidates Marco Rubio (L) and Donald Trump spar during the Republican Presidential Debate in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday.

Making robots human

Mar 3, 2016
A team of students at Cornell University creates a material that can stretch six times its size, make smartphone screens flexible and make robots seem more like people.
A screenshot from a Disney video clip of "Big Hero 6,"a movie featuring a friendly health care robot named Baymax.
Donna Tam/Marketplace

Romney calls Trump “worthless” as “Trump University”

Mar 3, 2016
The former presidential hopeful launches an attack on Donald Trump's economic policy.
Copies of 'How To Build Wealth,' which is a series of nine audio business courses created by Trump University, lie on display at a Barnes & Noble store in 2005. The organization currently faces a class-action lawsuit from unhappy customers.
Scott Gries/Getty Images

BBC Roundup: Migrants break Greek border fence, India boosts farming

Feb 29, 2016
There’s lots of turmoil overseas, particularly with the refugee crisis in Europe and trouble in the markets. But there is one bright spot in recent news — India’s economy continues to grow. Here’s a look at today’s global news from the BBC: Migrants take down barbed-wire fence at Macedonia, Greek border Migrants at the border […]
An Indian farmer lifts a basket loaded with cauliflowers in a field in Rasalpur village.

How FIFA can keep making billions off soccer

Feb 26, 2016
The organization in charge of running the World Cup has made some big changes in an effort to getting back into its member nations' good graces.
Philipp Lahm of Germany lifts the World Cup trophy with teammates after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time as FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 
Martin Rose/Getty Images

Was the Lands’ End site scrub a branding faux pas?

Feb 25, 2016
The clothing company deletes an interview with feminist Gloria Steinem after enraged customers threatened to boycott.
A woman shops for Lands' End brand sweaters October 15, 2003 at a Sears store in Niles, Illinois.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images