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Kristin Schwab



Kristin Schwab is a reporter at Marketplace focusing on the consumer economy. She's based in Brooklyn, New York.

Before Marketplace, Kristin produced narrative and news podcasts for The New York Times, New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She teaches audio journalism at her alma mater, Columbia Journalism School.

Kristin also has a BFA in dance from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. After performing with ballet and modern companies, she got her start in journalism as an editor at Dance Magazine. Kristin grew up in Minnesota and has been a bit reporting obsessed since watching the '90s PBS show "Ghostwriter" as a kid. Yes, she had one of those necklace pens and a marbled composition notebook.

Latest Stories (508)

Vacant office buildings create a tax revenue problem for cities

Feb 16, 2024
Take Boston. Over the next five years, that city could face a tax revenue shortfall to the tune of $1.2 to $1.5 billion, according to a new study from the Boston Policy Institute.
Over the next five years, Boston could face a tax revenue shortfall of up to $1.5 billion.
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Walmart's bid for Vizio would make it a different kind of company

Feb 14, 2024
Walmart's acquisition of the smart TV maker would give it significant access to streaming data from ads — the kind that tracks what people buy
These days, a TV’s worth is tied to its streaming platform, says Jennifer Kent with Parks Associates.
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New York Community Bank's woes could signal trouble for other regional banks

Feb 7, 2024
A significant portion of NYCB's $252 million in losses last quarter came from losses on commercial real estate loans--a revenue source for other regional banks as well.
Last year, NYCB acquired Signature Bank after it failed. Almost a year later, the New York-based bank was given a junk credit rating by Moody's.
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For both employers and applicants, the job market is a tough gig

For applicants, the interviewing can seem endless. For employers, the pool of workers is small and the future may feel uncertain.
Many employers and job seekers feel a bit powerless in the current environment.
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Why Universal is calling time out on TikTok

Feb 1, 2024
The video platform and the music company couldn't agree on terms for renewing their contract. Some of the fallout will hit video creators.
Universal says TikTok accounts for just 1% of its revenue. TikTok calls itself a “free promotional and discovery vehicle” for Universal’s talent.
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More renters expect they'll never buy a home

Jan 31, 2024
They plan to rent forever because they can't afford to buy or they like the renting lifestyle.
In 2023, it was more expensive to buy than it was to rent in 46 of the top 50 U.S. metro areas, according to Redfin data.
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What do all the layoffs mean in a supposedly "good" economy?

Jan 26, 2024
In the last few days, Microsoft, eBay and Salesforce have joined the list of companies that have made layoff announcements this month.
eBay announced plans to lay off an estimated 9% of their workforce.
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How's the economy doing?

Jan 25, 2024
Sentiment has improved. But the difference in opinion between high and lower earners is wide right now. Grand Canyon wide.
Morning Consult's new consumer sentiment poll shows a growing divide between high and low earners.
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Expect restaurants to go all in on breakfast this year

Jan 18, 2024
Given inflation, consumers are leaning into eggs Benedict as a way to stick to their budgets and still treat themselves. And restaurants like brunch for its hearty profit margins.
Turns out more Americans are saying "Cheers!" to brunch and breakfast.
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Retailers are stuck in a cycle of constant sales

Jan 17, 2024
Once consumers adjust to a 24/7 promotion environment, it hard for companies to stop.
Online shopping has given consumers the ability to compare prices in real time, giving retailers more incentive to offer deals.
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