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)

Trump reportedly working on $20 million settlement for Trump University lawsuit

Nov 18, 2016
The president-elect’s lawyers are in talks to settle in the case of fraud allegation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
A city of Chicago flag flies in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower in the city's business district Aug. 18, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

The Twinkie revival: Hostess’ long road to going public

Nov 7, 2016
The once beleaguered snack cake maker is trying to make its comeback. How did it get here?
A stack of boxes of Twinkies, Hostess' most popular product, sits on a grocery store shelf. Hostess went public today, after years of financial strife and transformation.

How the undocumented immigrant workforce has changed since 2009

Nov 3, 2016
A new Pew report looks at the population, which accounts for 5 percent of U.S. labor.
Mexican agricultural workers prepare to start a shift on a lettuce farm in Holtville, California.  
John Moore/Getty Images

Students who lose financial aid are more likely to drop out, study says

Nov 2, 2016
For top performing college students, between $1,000 to $1,500 can have an impact.
Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Let’s do the numbers: Obamacare rate hikes (with charts)

Oct 27, 2016
Premiums for the federal insurance plan are estimated to go up 25 percent on average in 2017. What does that mean for you?
This October 25, 2016 photo shows a woman looking at the internet site in Washington, DC. 

Bob Dylan should respond to the Nobel Prize committee if he wants that prize money

Oct 24, 2016
Per the prize’s rules, the musician is required to deliver a lecture or a concert to receive the nearly $1 million purse.
Honoree Bob Dylan speaks onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

People are already selling ‘bad hombre’ and ‘nasty woman’ merch? Yup.

Oct 20, 2016
The latest election memes are already making the rounds as products online.

What does killing off the Galaxy Note 7 mean for Samsung?

Oct 11, 2016
The South Korean electronics giant is permanently halting production on the overheating smartphone.
A woman looks at her mobile phone as she rides past an ad for Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 in the Gangnam district of Seoul on Monday. Samsung said Tuesday that it will no longer manufacturer the phone.
ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images

As Trump loses party support, funding may follow suit

Oct 10, 2016
More Republicans withdraw their allegiance to Trump, prompting the party to reportedly withdraw some financial support.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), speaks to the media during his weekly media briefing on Sept. 29 on Capitol Hill.
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