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 (356)

Salesforce is buying messaging app Slack for $27.7 billion

It's Salesforce's largest acquisition yet.
Marc Benioff, founder, chairman and CEO of Salesforce
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Charitable giving is way up this year — the same will likely be true of Giving Tuesday

Early numbers show that people are giving more than in previous years to places like food banks, housing groups and mutual aid networks.
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Retail workers balance financial need with pandemic risk

Nov 17, 2020
A recent survey from Korn Ferry found that 47% of retailers are having a hard time finding seasonal workers this year.
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Cardboard boxes in high demand this holiday season

Nov 16, 2020
Online sales are expected to surge this year because of the pandemic. And that means retailers need a lot more boxes.
A postal worker monitors packages at a processing and distribution center in April in Oakland, California.
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Retailers get creative to handle expected crush of online sales

Nov 13, 2020
Walmart is converting 42 warehouses that normally ship products to its stores so they can also fulfill online orders.
An employee prepares boxes for shipment at a warehouse in Draper, Utah. Retailers are preparing their warehouses for a surge in online orders.
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Ahead of the holidays, retailers compete on store safety

Nov 12, 2020
Because, yes, the pandemic is still raging, and a lot of customers are still hesitant to go shopping.
Signs are placed to direct traffic inside the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia, California, in October.
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What happens to consumer spending next in the stop-and-go COVID-19 economy?

Nov 5, 2020
It doesn't look good, considering the pandemic is still raging and there's no additional federal relief yet.
A man waits for his lunch order at relatively empty Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles in June.
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What happens after a mall defaults on its loans?

Oct 27, 2020
The dominoes just keep falling: Banks, utilities, internal employees, maintenance crews — they could all lose out.
Screen shot PREIT marketing materials

Retailers move into casual clothes and lingerie

Oct 23, 2020
Because most of us just aren't getting dressed up anymore.
A woman pushes a stroller past a Zara store in Bergamo, Italy, in June. Retailers are seeing loungewear as a longer-lasting trend as the pandemic continues.
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What if working from home becomes permanent?

Oct 22, 2020
The longer the pandemic lasts, the likelier it seems that many of us will be working from home forever.
A real estate agent works from home in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 1.
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