Marielle Segarra

Senior Reporter

SHORT BIO

I cover retail, consumer psychology, and the economy. One topic I’ve been exploring: how we shop – and the emotions that come up as we do. Pride. Guilt. Frustration. I’m also following small businesses as they find their way in this pandemic. And I’m always trying to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives.

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 (434)

Howard U hopes to "put a major dent" in Hollywood's diversity problem

Jun 1, 2021
The HBCU is naming its reestablished school of fine arts after late actor and Howard alumnus Chadwick Boseman.
Howard University has made several moves in recent years to try to make Hollywood more diverse. In 2019, it launched a partnership with Amazon Studios. Pictured: Howard President (second from left) and Amazon Studio's Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Latasha Gillespie (second from right).
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Shortages of bikes, kayaks, and workers: How tourists attractions in the Black Hills are bracing for crowds

May 31, 2021
Like other areas of the country that depend on tourism, the South Dakota region is expecting bigger-than-usual crowds.
Above, tourists visit Mount Rushmore National Monument last year.
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Memorial Day could be a test for the movie theater industry

May 24, 2021
Movie theaters are reopening in time for summer blockbuster season. Are people ready to go back?
Studios are committing to releasing blockbusters in theaters again. Will it pay off?
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An economic indicator suited to the pandemic: dress shoes

May 21, 2021
Dress shoe could give us a sense of how the economy is recovering.
The thing about dress shoes: You don’t really wear them around the house. They’re meant to be seen by other people.
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Retailers may get squeezed by home improvement supply shortages

May 19, 2021
There's a limit on how much retailers can raise prices. At some point customers may just walk away.
Home improvement stores have a lot of demand but low supply.
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It's getting more expensive to build a house

May 18, 2021
The land, labor, supplies, and permits add up.
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Retail sales were flat in April, falling short of estimates

May 14, 2021
But considering what we're comparing them to — the stimulus-fueled month of March — that's not so bad.
In April, people spent less on things like clothing and furniture and more at bars and restaurants.
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How We Shop: A trip to the mall with a fashion business expert

May 12, 2021
Ever wonder why you keep seeing the same clothing trends in store after store? Or why a certain color is everywhere?
This spring, retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie are carrying lots of pinks, pastels and "happy" styles.
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Simon Property Group bets on retail comeback with store leases

May 11, 2021
The commercial landlord agreed to lower mall retailers' base rents for a bigger cut of their sales.
Rather than evict or sue some of its tenants that missed rent payments, mall owner Simon Property renegotiated "break points."
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What value do Yahoo and AOL have?

May 3, 2021
Verizon is selling the two companies to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $5 billion.
How exactly could Apollo, the private equity firm that is buying Yahoo and AOL, make the companies more valuable?
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