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 (313)

Banks beat expectations, thanks in part to the Fed

Jul 14, 2017
It’s been a big day for big banks. JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and Citigroup reported better-than-expected earnings for the latest quarter this morning. The banks all benefited from the Federal Reserve’s recent hikes in interest rates.  Click the above audio…

Volvo says the combustion engine is a thing of the past

Jul 5, 2017
Volvo will launch several electric models in the near future.
English film actor Roger Moore opening the door of his Volvo for Isabelle McMillan in a scene from the television series, "The Saint."
Len Trievnor/Express/Getty Images

Budget standoffs in three states result in government shutdowns

Jul 3, 2017
Illinois isn't the only state with budget woes.
A view of the New Jersey State House, the area's capitol building.
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Happy Birthday, ATMs!

Jun 27, 2017
The first automatic teller was installed outside London 50 years ago. Here's how it's changed us.
People gather to see a demonstration of the "robot cashier" in Enfield, England. 
Courtesy of Bernardo Batiz-Lazo

How towns are hurt when malls run into trouble

Jun 21, 2017
With about one in four U.S. malls estimated to shut down during the next five years, municipalities have a tax problem.
A recent Credit Suisse report estimates that about 1 in 4 U.S. malls will shut down in the next five years. Above, people walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Yahoo and AOL will form Oath, a new company, under Verizon

Jun 13, 2017
Verizon is expected to close on its $4.4 billion acquisition of Yahoo today after nearly a year of negotiations. Verizon will combine Yahoo with its property AOL to create Oath, the largest digital media company in the United States, with…

Want a 212 area code? It's gonna cost you.

Jun 12, 2017
As New York City adds a new number, the after-market 212 is thriving.
 (L to R) Sameer Uddin and Michelle Macias use their smartphones outside of the Nintendo store in New York City. 
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Saudi allies ramp up sanctions on Qatar

Jun 12, 2017
Qatar is promising not to surrender in the face of sanctions imposed on it last week. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain halted land, air and sea traffic to Qatar and blacklisted several Qatari-linked organizations and individuals.…

Using the lessons of hip-hop to start a business

Jun 6, 2017
A program in Philadelphia is teaching entrepreneurship through the successes and failures of the music business.
Students at the Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship are learning how to start a business.
Photo courtesy of the IHHE

What the insurance markets would look like in states that get waivers for pre-existing conditions

May 25, 2017
The Congressional Budget Office has released its report on the health care bill passed in the House of Representatives. It projects an additional 23 million people would be uninsured under that bill. And it also imagines what the insurance market…