What have you always wondered about the economy? Tell us

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 (324)

Haven is folding, but there's still an opportunity to change health care

Jan 5, 2021
The company created by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan clashed with the existing infrastructure of health care.
A health care worker helps organize drive-through COVID-19 testing in Florida. The industry has dealt with new pressures in the past year.
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As the pandemic continues, demand for travel nurses is up. Pay keeps rising, too.

Jan 4, 2021
Hospitals compete for these skilled personnel, some of whom make $8,000 a week. But the work is difficult and there can be tension with colleagues.
A nurse cares for a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts, on Dec. 4, 2020.
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Post-Christmas sales expected to disappoint retailers

Dec 25, 2020
Shops and malls could use a boost, but experts say that's not likely this year.
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Will companies choose to rehire laid-off employees or hire new ones?

Dec 23, 2020
When they're ready to start hiring, businesses have to consider costs and legal issues.
A flight attendant passes out refreshments. Airlines are among the industries that could rehire workers once pandemic relief is distributed.
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Time to ride, and buy: Peloton to acquire Precor

Dec 22, 2020
With stay-at-home orders, Peloton sales and subscriptions grew and grew, topping a million.
Peloton's sales have doubled during the pandemic. Above, a woman rides her Peloton at home in California in April.
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10 states accuse Google of breaking antitrust law

The lawsuit said Google illegally leveraged its power in advertising to squash competitors and overcharge for its services.
The lawsuit said Google illegally leveraged its power in advertising to squash competitors and overcharge for its services.
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Dry ice makers pressed to meet demand for vaccine distribution

Dec 11, 2020
Supercold storage is essential. But Is there enough dry ice to go around as the coronavirus vaccine is shipped around the country?
An employee makes dry ice pellets at Capitol Carbonic, a dry ice factory, in Baltimore, Maryland, in November.
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Schools find new ways to deliver free lunches during pandemic

Dec 1, 2020
Of the 30 million low-income students who are eligible for free lunches, only 15% are currently getting those meals.
A student chaperoned by an adult picks up a meal to go on November 19, 2020 at Yung Wing School P.S. 124 in New York City.
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States scrambling with Medicaid enrollments climbing

Nov 30, 2020
Will a surge in enrollments prompted by the pandemic mean cuts to benefits?
Medical workers walk outside of a special coronavirus intake area at a hospital in Brooklyn earlier this year.
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Why is the new NBA season starting so soon after the last one?

Nov 27, 2020
It's a simple matter of at least $500 million.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots a 3-pointer against the Miami Heat during the 2020 NBA Finals in the "bubble" on Sept. 30.
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