Donna Tam

Senior project manager

SHORT BIO

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 ______.

Stability.

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)

Help for Flint: Senate approves water funding bill

Sep 15, 2016
The bill includes more than $200 million in funding for the struggling city.
Flint resident Matt Hopper holds Nyla Hopper, 5, after she had her blood drawn to be tested for lead in January. Free lead screenings were performed for Flint children 6 and younger. >
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Why payphones are still a thing in Hawaii

Sep 13, 2016
The island state leads the nation in payphones per capita.
Three sailors making telephone calls via payphones in Key West, Florida circa 1955.
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First renewable energy boat to sail around the world

Sep 12, 2016
The “Solar Impulse of the seas” starts a historic 6-year journey next year.
A man works on the hull of the Energy Observer on Sept. 6 in Saint-Malo, western France. The Energy Observer will be the first autonomous boat powered by hydrogen and renewable energy.
LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Airbnb thinks increased instant bookings will curb discrimination

Sep 8, 2016
The site will also downplay profile pictures and introduce racial bias training for its hosts.
As part of its new policy, Airbnb will implement measures to counter reports of discrimination in online booking and increase diversity among its employees as well.
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Fox settles sexual harassment lawsuit, with an apology

Sep 6, 2016
Former anchor Gretchen Carlson gets a reported $20 million from the network.
Roger Ailes enters a car outside the News Corp building in July in New York City. Fox will reportedly pay Gretchen Carlson $20 million as part of the settlement after a sexual assault lawsuit against Ailes.

 
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Let’s do the numbers: Vin Scully’s last six games

Sep 2, 2016
As the Hall of Fame announcer’s last season comes to a close, we take a look at some of his milestone figures.
Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully acknowledges applause from fans in front of wife Sandi Scully, and sons Kevin Scully and Todd Scully before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on September 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. 

 
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How Twitter may treat white nationalists and ISIS differently

Sep 1, 2016
A new study shows that Twitter is shutting down the accounts of Nazi sympathizers less than those of radical Islamists.
Research from George Washington University suggests that Twitter users who self-identify as "white supremacists" often have a larger number of followers than ISIS member accounts.

 
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Let’s do the numbers: the U.S. relationship with Mexico

Aug 31, 2016
Donald Trump’s meeting with the Mexican president highlights the U.S.’s close ties with the neighboring country.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (L) and US presidential candidate Donald Trump shake hands after a meeting in Mexico City on August 31, 2016. Trump stunned the political establishment when he announced late Tuesday that he was making the surprise trip south of the border to meet with Pena Nieto, a sharp Trump critic. 

 
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Naked Donald Trump statue could auction for $20,000

Aug 31, 2016
Presidential nominee art, including a statue of Trump and an image of Clinton, could fetch thousands of dollars at auction.
A passerby looks at a statue depicting republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the nude on August 18, 2016 in San Francisco, United States. This is one of five such statues created by Anarchist collective INDECLINE across five U.S. cities.
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