Marielle Segarra



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 (284)


How did we end up in a ventilator bidding war?

Apr 1, 2020
Competition among states for ventilators has driven prices sky high.
A ventilator and other hospital equipment is seen in an emergency field hospital to aid in the COVID-19 pandemic in Central Park on March 30.
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COVID-19 draws apparel manufacturers into the surgical mask business

Mar 24, 2020
Hanes. The fashion designer Christian Siriano. And lots of small apparel companies are getting into the mask-making business.
A shortage of surgical face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has some unexpected manufacturers stepping up.
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Grocery store worker: "I have a lot of anxiety"

Mar 24, 2020
Grocery store employees are working under difficult conditions.
A worker stocks groceries at a local supermarket on March 20 in Brooklyn, New York
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Tax Day is July 15. Here's what you need to know

Mar 23, 2020
If you are getting a tax refund, which more than 70% of Americans do, you can still file your taxes now and get your money.
This only applies to federal tax returns. Whether you still have to file your state and local taxes by April 15 depends on where you live.
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More and more people are being laid off. How far might unemployment go?

Mar 18, 2020
As unemployment climbs, it gets harder for the economy to come back.
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How much should we buy at the store as COVID-19 spreads?

Mar 17, 2020
People are walking a fine line between underdoing it and overdoing it.
Shoppers stock up at a Costco in Glendale, California, on March 14.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

With COVID-19 slowing local economies, cities and towns may need to tap rainy day funds

Mar 16, 2020
Municipalities may find their tax revenues declining.
After years of a strong economy, how are cities' and towns' rainy day funds doing?
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Why are people stockpiling toilet paper?

Mar 11, 2020
It has a lot to do with the economic concept of scarcity.
Is it fear of a coronavirus quarantine or just scarcity that's driving these Costco customers in Burbank, California, to stock up on toilet paper, paper towels and water on March 6?
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Keep those planes clean: CDC issues new guidance for airlines amid outbreak

Mar 9, 2020
If airline staff see someone who appears to have a fever, they should do a deep clean of everything within 6 feet of the passenger.
Deep cleaning could be quite time-consuming, and potentially lead to flight delays.
Laurel Chor/Getty Images

Amazon cracks down on COVID-19 price gouging

Mar 3, 2020
The company says it has recently blocked or removed tens of thousands of listings for such products, like face masks and hand sanitizer.
Some third-party sellers have been charging hundreds of dollars for a couple small bottles of hand sanitizer or a box of protective face masks.
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