Kimberly Adams

Correspondent

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I cover the intersection between politics and the economy, with a special focus on how federal policy affects the bottom line for businesses and individuals.

What was your first job?

Dental assistant. (Flossing is crucial.)

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

The "biggest" stories are not necessarily the most important stories to tell.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Astronaut ... definitely an astronaut.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

How to pronounce "subsequently."

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

My mug, which says "I'm a Grown-A** Lady and I Do What I Want."

 

Latest Stories (671)

For many Black employees, working from home can provide relief from inequitable workplaces

Jun 8, 2021
Working from home can give Black workers a break from microaggressions, but it can also cut them off from their peers.
Remote work gives Black employees more distance from the microaggressions and discrimination they might experience in the workplace.
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States return to pre-pandemic unemployment rules, but are workers ready?

Jun 2, 2021
It's a soft political target, but allowing people to spend more time on unemployment may help them land better jobs.
Reinstated rules requiring people to prove they’re actively looking for work benefit employers getting desperate for workers.
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Is the labor shortage a crisis or an adjustment?

Jun 1, 2021
According to new data, there are now 1.4 workers for each open job. Normally, that ratio is closer to 2.8 workers per vacant position.
Many industries are raising wages and offering bonuses to lure applicants. But will it work?
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Lifeguard shortage will mean fewer days at the pool

Jun 1, 2021
Public and private pools are facing closures and limited hours because of a lack of qualified staff for the season.
A lot of lifeguard training was put on hold during the pandemic.
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An hour from the nation's capital, a different infrastructure debate

May 7, 2021
In a rural community within 40 miles of Washington, dozens of families live without potable running water.
Torinda Dyson and her family received a portable toilet and a hand-washing station from LifeStyles of Maryland.
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NOAA releases warmer climate "normals" for the U.S.

May 4, 2021
The new baseline temperatures are a reflection of climate change.
Climate change is acting as a headwind for agriculture, slowing down productivity growth, according to one expert.
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EPA proposes rule to cut dangerous refrigerants

May 3, 2021
Reducing greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs has support within the air-conditioning and refrigeration industries.
Hydrofluorocarbons, chemical refrigerants that damage the climate, can be found in common appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.
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Voting rights issue sparks huge fundraising across political spectrum

Apr 28, 2021
There’s been a fight over the right to vote throughout American history, but in the last year, it's gone into overdrive.
The political right calls new voting laws "reforms." The left calls them "restrictions." Millions of dollars are being spent across the political spectrum on the issue.
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As Biden addresses Congress, economic policy looms large

Apr 28, 2021
Help is on the way for arts organizations and schools. But tackling thornier economic issues will require bipartisan support.
So far, the Biden administration has been sticking to plans it can implement without Republican support, said Ken Jacobs, chair of the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Biden's new plan would invest heavily in children and families

Apr 26, 2021
Pandemic child care struggles and economic fallout may create a more receptive environment for Biden administration priorities.
During the pandemic, "there was a greater recognition for employers in the business community that child care is really the workforce that supports all other workforces," says Cindy Cisneros of the Committee for Economic Development.
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