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)

Freelancers made an estimated $1 trillion last year

Oct 6, 2016
More people are choosing freelance work over full time jobs, according to the Freelancers Union.
A home office. The number of Americans choosing freelance work is growing, according to a study from the Freelancers Union.
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When 'Gilmore Girls' takes over your local coffee shop

Oct 5, 2016
The Netflix marketing push for the revived TV series shows how long a shelf life a show can have.
Brittany Jeng, 29, and Heather Bladt, 33, pose for a photo in front of a Luke’s sign displayed outside the Comoncy Cafe in Studio City, Calif. The pair waited in line for two hours at  the popup event promoting the new “Gilmore Girls” series on Netflix.
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The tax terms you may hear a lot this week thanks to Trump

Oct 3, 2016
If you’re following the news around Donald Trump’s tax returns, you might want to brush up on your fiscal vocabulary.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a speech outlining his vision for tax reform at his skyscraper on Fifth Avenue on Sept. 28, 2015 in New York City.
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Is it evil? A year of email controversies

Sep 30, 2016
Private email servers, DNC emails, hacked Yahoo accounts — we take a look back at recent email drama and what it says about the technology.
An environmentalist dressed as a mock lobbyist holds a banner reading 'Recruting e-mail hackers' during the third day of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2009 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Did Trump break the Cuba embargo?

Sep 29, 2016
A Newsweek investigation alleges the businessman and presidential candidate’s former company illegally did business in Cuba in the 1990s.
Cubans wave a U.S. and a Cuban flag at the Malecon waterfront as the first US-to-Cuba cruise ship to arrive in the island nation in decades glides into the port of Havana, on May 2, 2016.

The “deep, dark secret” that changes how you shop for groceries

Sep 28, 2016
Food companies pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in shelving fees to get their products prime placement at your local store.

What Brangelina can do for declining magazine sales

Sep 20, 2016
News of the celebrity couple’s divorce could give lifestyle weeklies a chance to compete with digital sites.
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Will a selfie drone help GoPro?

Sep 18, 2016
In the face of falling stock prices, the video cam company plans to release a drone.
Nick Woodman, founder and CEO of GoPro speaks during the company's initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq Stock Exchange on June 26, 2014. The struggling company is expected to release a drone on Monday.
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