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Erika Beras

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a reporter covering the economics of aging throughout the lifespan.

What was your first job?

I worked as a salesgirl and helium balloon inflator at a card store when I was 15.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A synchronized swimmer … an oral historian … or in all honesty, probably a journalist.

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

A good pair of shoes.

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

I love textiles, fabrics and woven goods and always try to pick some up whenever I travel. I have a handful in and around my studio. They brighten up the space. Also, when I can no longer see them, I know it’s time to purge the piles of paper that just seem to accumulate.

 

Latest Stories (331)

Health insurance disruptors like Oscar face challenges

Feb 26, 2021
But as more people buy direct-to-consumer health insurance, innovators may find new ways to make money.
A man consults with a doctor on his laptop computer. Some innovators are influencing the medical industry through e-health services.
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How are those pandemic learning pods doing?

Feb 25, 2021
The school year is more than half over, and what began as a widespread educational experiment may have legs.
Students follow along remotely at a learning pod in Culver City, California.
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For many scientists, the pandemic changed research

Feb 19, 2021
While those researching COVID-19 remained hard at work, others left their labs behind or improvised new methods.
While coronavirus research has boomed, many other kinds of projects have been hindered.
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Rihanna puts her Fenty fashion "house" on hold

Feb 11, 2021
Fenty is essentially a startup within an established brand that has faced challenges during the pandemic.
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What a jobs recovery might look like as the pandemic fades

Feb 10, 2021
The low-wage, temp-job economy that emerged after the Great Recession could reemerge, but with changes.
An Instacart shopper at work in a New Jersey market. Some occupations that grew during the pandemic may stick around afterward.
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What will Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos do as executive chair?

Feb 3, 2021
He'll be a strategic adviser to the new CEO. And with millions of shares of company stock, he'll have a lot of say in his role.
Jeff Bezos will most likely maintain plenty of power at Amazon. Above, Bezos, left, addresses moderator Charlie Rose and the Economic Club of New York in 2016.
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Google's parent company releases earnings

Feb 2, 2021
Alphabet finished 2020 strong despite facing three antitrust lawsuits.
Did Google's three antitrust lawsuits affect its earnings and business model?
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Apple looks to build on strong end to 2020

Jan 27, 2021
The company's fourth quarter earnings hit a new high at a time when personal devices took on added importance.
The pandemic has made electronics more important for those working or learning from home.
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Parents who work full time are more likely to have kids at school in person — study

Jan 26, 2021
A new Gallup survey finds that 71% of parents who work full time have kids who are attending school in person.
A new Gallup survey found that only 47% of parents whose kids are learning remotely are working full time, while 71% of parents who work full time have kids back in brick-and-mortar schools.
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Community colleges hit hard by the pandemic

Jan 25, 2021
The steep decline in enrollment during the past academic year could affect the budgets of these schools for years to come.
Steep declines in both enrollment numbers and state budgets are hurting community colleges.
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