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Maria Hollenhorst



Maria Hollenhorst is based in Los Angeles, California.

She produces content for Marketplace’s flagship broadcast including host interviews, economic explainers, and personal stories for the “Adventures in Housing” and “My Economy” series. Her work has been recognized by the Association for Business Journalists Best in Business Awards.

When not making radio, she can be found hiking, skiing, jogging, roller-blading, or exploring this beautiful world. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, she wound her way into journalism after graduating from the University of Utah. She has a deep appreciation for trees.

Latest Stories (406)

Looking for a “fresh start” amid Phoenix’s semiconductor boom

The federal government is spending billions to support semiconductor manufacturing. But trainees seeking chipmaking jobs may have to wait.
Students in the Semiconductor Technician Quick Start training course at Mesa Community College practice while wearing “bunny suits,” the required workwear at fabrication plants.
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Chip factory growth boughs to native plants in Phoenix

Here's the story of one business at the intersection of conservation and growth amid Phoenix’s semiconductor boom.
“What we have been able to do with developers is make them understand that not only is there an environmental advantage to saving the trees ... there's also a monetary advantage,” says Rob Kater, owner of Native Resources.
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CHIPS funds are heading to Phoenix, “ground zero for the new economy”

An influx of federal investment in the Arizona metropolis is meant to energize the nation's tech industry and accelerate job creation. Will it work?
President Joe Biden arrives at the TSMC facility in Phoenix to speak in December 2022. TSMC was recently awarded $6.6 billion in CHIPS Act funding.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Across the path of totality, people are cashing in on 2024’s total solar eclipse

Apr 1, 2024
From fully booked hotels to eclipse-themed weddings, the celestial event spreads economic opportunity along its path.
Students in London observe a partial solar eclipse in the U.K. on March 20, 2015. On April 8th this year, a total solar eclipse will pass through the United States.
Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The Biden administration’s bet on sustainable aviation fuel

Feb 22, 2024
Right now, sustainable aviation fuel is “a drop in the bucket” compared to conventional jet fuel, but that might not be the case for long.
"Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal and Samir Sukhtankar, director of operations for World Energy, a biofuels maker, look over the company’s Paramount production facility.
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What's the deal with "Seinfeld" laws?

Feb 2, 2024
New Jersey’s new telemarketer law isn’t the only example of lawyers taking inspiration from the TV sitcom that aired in the 1990s. 
A 1992 episode of “Seinfeld” called “The Pitch,” above, helped inspire a new law in New Jersey.
Seinfeld YouTube channel

FDR's New Deal transformed the economy. Could Biden do the same?

We look back at a moment in U.S. history when the federal government remade its relationship with the economy.
President Joe Biden sits in the Oval Office in November. Above the fireplace is a portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Transforming the post-incarceration experience

Jan 3, 2024
Sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller discusses the “moral worlds” of people who’ve been convicted of violent crimes
A sign pleading for help hangs in a window at the Cook County jail complex on April 09, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

The lost art of making perfectly fitting trousers

Dec 29, 2023
Menswear writer Derek Guy explains why men's pants don’t look like they used to.
A cutter marks out a pattern at Huntsman tailors in London, England. According to menswear writer Derek Guy, fewer and fewer tailors understand the lost art of “ironwork” in the construction of pants.
Bruno Vincent/Getty Images

How one California startup hopes to make EV infrastructure more reliable

Dec 13, 2023
ChargerHelp is seeking to train a network of field technicians that can keep EV chargers online.
Evette Ellis and Kameale C. Terry, co-founders of ChargerHelp, one of many startups poised to benefit from federal investment in America’s charging network.
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