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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 from Erika (226)

The upside-down Christmas tree. What's it all about?

by Erika Beras Nov 29, 2019
These trees may be some of the stranger things you'll see this holiday season.
thomashawk/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Yes, you are being asked if you want travel insurance more often

by Erika Beras Nov 28, 2019
Wherever you buy tickets, you're likely to be asked if you want to protect your purchase.
Travelers with their luggage are seen at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Can a credit card be sexist?

by Erika Beras and Sabri Ben-Achour Nov 11, 2019
It is alleged that the Apple Card offers higher credits to men than it does women — on that basis alone.
Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, speaks during an Apple product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25 in Cupertino, California.
Michael Short/Getty Images

WhatsApp's first foray into e-commerce

by Erika Beras Nov 8, 2019
Facebook is hoping a new shopping feature might lead to a new revenue stream.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The Season

Chinese shoppers may boycott U.S. goods on Singles Day

by Erika Beras Nov 8, 2019
It's the biggest shopping event of the year, and smaller American companies may feel the impact, analysts say.
Employees sort packages ahead of Singles Day in Huaibei in China's eastern Anhui province in 2017. Singles Day is a shopping spree held every Nov. 11.
STR/AFP via Getty Images

As open enrollment gets underway, changes to ACA bring uncertainty

by Erika Beras Nov 4, 2019
The individual mandate no longer results in a tax penalty, and so-called "skinny plans" that don't meet Obamacare requirements abound.
Big changes to the ACA are bound to cause confusion this year. Above, a man signs up for ACA insurance in 2015 in Miami, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Google enters a different kind of arms race

by Erika Beras Nov 1, 2019
Apple makes nearly 40% of the fancy new gadgets we put on our wrists. Google is hoping to muscle in.
Guests participate in a workout hosted by Fitbit and PH5 in 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Rich Fury/Getty Images for Fitbit

Fewer companies say Fed rate cuts will improve their business

by Erika Beras Oct 28, 2019
A survey from the National Association for Business Economics found members are bracing for the economy to slow.
More companies are feeling interest rate changes won't affect them.
Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty Images

New "Call of Duty" game expected to be the best-selling video game of the year

by Erika Beras Oct 25, 2019
Realistic scenes of violence draw fans to the game that just keeps going.
Visitors wait to try out the latest version of "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" during the press day at the 2019 Gamescom gaming trade fair on Aug. 20, 2019 in Cologne, Germany.
Lukas Schulze/Getty Images

U.S. Census Bureau gears up to recruit workers

by Erika Beras Oct 22, 2019
Hiring was easy before the last census, thanks to the Great Recession. This time? Not so much.
Census workers encourage participation in the 2010 census.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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