Meghan McCarty Carino



I cover workplace culture, from the rise of the gig economy, automation and #MeToo to wellness programs, digital nomads and pay transparency.

What was your first job?

When I was 13, I got a work permit so I could do children's face painting at our local fruit stand/pumpkin patch for about $4 an hour. Full-face sparkle butterflies were my specialty!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Because we often turn around stories on really tight deadlines (like a few hours), I'll often frantically reach out to way more people than I need for a story because I don't know who's going to get back to me in time for air. Often, I end up with more interviews than I can fit in the allotted time and I have to leave someone out. I try as hard as possible to use that interview to feed another story, but it's not always possible. Telling people who have been kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule and share their expertise and experience with me that I didn't include them in the final story is the stuff of nightmares!

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Trust your gut. The things that make you laugh or confuse you are often the best, most human way into a story.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I would run tours for off-the-beaten-path travel, not just because I love traveling, but because it is seemingly the only area of life in which I manage to be insanely, supremely organized. While I can't find my tax returns or family members' addresses, when I'm planning a trip, I make color-coded Google maps and spreadsheet budgets, I memorize best restaurant lists and optimize itineraries to hit the maximum number of eating opportunities and happy hours.

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


What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A Japanese chef's knife.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I was one of those annoying people who didn't own a television in their 20s because I was too cool for mass media. Then I discovered “Mad Men.” And “Game of Thrones.” And “House Hunters International.” Now I'm a bona fide TV addict, and I truly believe that experiencing popular TV shows together is an amazing way of connecting with our fellow humans.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

The first time I used the term "blockchain" in a story. I never thought I would know what that meant until I worked here. Actually, I'm still not really sure.

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

Kleenex. Thanks to allergies, I go through about a box a week.

Latest Stories (424)

To boost gender diversity on corporate boards, investor pressure works

Nov 23, 2022
The number of women directors at major companies increased 50% from 2016 to 2019, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that major investment firms used their ownership clout to increase the number of women on corporate boards.
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The streaming business is no fairy tale. Just ask Disney.

Nov 22, 2022
A priority for returning Disney CEO Bob Iger is to shore up Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu — which have been gaining subscribers but losing money.
Disney+ is set to raise its subscription costs in December, with a lower-tier option that includes ads.
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It just got easier to discharge student loan debt in bankruptcy

Nov 18, 2022
In the past, not even one student borrower in 100 who declared bankruptcy had student loans discharged.
Unlike other forms of debt, student loans don’t automatically get wiped clean in bankruptcy.
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Unionized Starbucks workers at more than 100 stores strike

Nov 17, 2022
Striking workers are taking advantage of a holiday promotion to protest the company’s approach to union negotiations.
Workers on strike outside of a San Francisco Starbucks on Nov. 17. Employees at more than 100 unionized Starbucks locations walked off the job Thursday.
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Target's bet to expand online sales: Make brick-and-mortar stores bigger

Nov 14, 2022
The retailer is planning to expand some new stores to include dedicated space for shipping and picking up online orders.
The exterior of a Target store in Los Angeles, California.
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4 states just voted to close a loophole that allowed slavery as punishment for a crime

Nov 10, 2022
But that might not change the way prisons use inmates as labor.
There were still a few states that utilized slavery and indentured servitude as punishment for crimes.
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When losing your job means losing your right to stay in the U.S.

Nov 9, 2022
Mass layoffs in the tech industry could hit H1B visa workers especially hard.
The waves of tech layoffs at companies like Twitter have endangered the ability of many workers to stay in the U.S.
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Pilot contract negotiations go south at major airlines

Nov 3, 2022
This week, pilots at both American and United Airlines rejected tentative contract deals, and Delta pilots voted to authorize a strike if negotiations break down.
Delta Airlines pilots picketing for a new contract in September 2022. Their union recently voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiations break down.
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New pay transparency laws mean companies will have to account for disparities

Oct 25, 2022
It's not just job-seekers who will see pay ranges in job descriptions — it's everyone.
Several states will soon enact pay transparency laws that require companies to publicly disclose salary ranges in jobs postings.
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As the housing market cools off, buyers have "room to breathe"

Oct 24, 2022
Rates are near 7% for a 30-year fixed mortgage, highest in two decades. For buyers who can afford it, shopping is less stressful.
Listings are staying on the market for about 19 days now, according to Zillow. That's much longer than in the spring.
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