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Marielle Segarra

Reporter

SHORT BIO

As a reporter for Marketplace, my job is to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives. That has meant explaining things like how a mall closure can gut a town's budget, how drug shortages are making it harder for doctors to treat patients and how a typo in the new tax law is causing retailers to hold off on store renovations. I'm also interested in the psychology behind the economic decisions we make.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

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

My stash of chocolate.

Latest Stories from Marielle (261)

A look at why retailers may be closing so many stores

by Marielle Segarra Jan 21, 2020
Are retailers shedding space because they have too much or because they're not giving customers the best store experience?
People walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in March 2017 in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When does it make sense for a company to split in two?

by Marielle Segarra Jan 17, 2020
Last year, Gap announced it would sell off Old Navy. This week, it changed its mind. Why?
An Old Navy and a GAP store in Times Square, New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Congress just passed the USMCA. Now it's Canada's turn.

by Marielle Segarra Jan 17, 2020
It'll be months before the trade deal goes into effect.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, sign the USMCA.
Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Incoming Boeing CEO has much to turn around

by Marielle Segarra Jan 10, 2020
Boeing Chairman David Calhoun takes over as the company's new CEO Monday.
A 737 MAX airplane is pictured on the tarmac with its signature winglet and fuel efficient engines outside the company's factory on March 11, 2019 in Renton, Washington.
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images
The Season

Another year of "retail apocalypse"? Not quite.

by Marielle Segarra Jan 8, 2020
With more consumers shopping online, the in-store experience remains crucial to keeping brick-and-mortar alive.
Consumers continue to shop online more and more, leading to the closure of brick-and-mortar stores.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
How We Shop

How We Shop: a New Year's shopping fast

by Marielle Segarra Jan 1, 2020
Ever look around and realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion?
Haley Falconer started the post-holiday season with a shopping fast.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Volkswagen ramps up its electric vehicle sales plans

by Marielle Segarra Dec 30, 2019
The German automaker gets serious about EVs.
An employee works on a Volkswagen e-Golf electric car on the assembly line inside the Volkswagen AG factory in Dresden, Germany.
Jens Schlueter/Getty Images

The decade in retail

by Marielle Segarra Dec 24, 2019
And how technology has changed consumer behavior.
Hans Klaus Techt/AFP/Getty Images

Why China is cutting tariffs on everybody

by Marielle Segarra Dec 23, 2019
It's thanks to something known as "most-favored-nation" status under international trade agreements.
This aerial photo taken on May 8, 2019 shows a cargo ship berthing at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province.
STR/AFP via Getty Images
How We Shop

How We Shop: Ethically (but that can be hard)

by Marielle Segarra Dec 20, 2019
Trying to shop with the environment, worker rights or animal welfare in mind: It can be difficult to even know what the right thing is.
Ethical shopping can be hard and require a lot of thought, but it's not impossible.
David McNew/Getty Images