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Meghan McCarty Carino

Reporter

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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 ______.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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 from Meghan (76)

Premiums fall again for ACA health plans

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 23, 2019
After years of rising costs, the drop is an indication markets are stabilizing.
Adam Berry/Getty Images

Millennials and avocados are key to Chipotle's comeback

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 22, 2019
The fast-casual chain has turned around business since the health scares of years past.
Online orders account for almost a fifth of sales at Chipotle. Above, the restaurant's workers fill orders.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Ellipses and emoji: How age affects communication at work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 21, 2019
Do you know what signal your punctuation and shorthand are sending colleagues?
Using emoji at work can create miscommunication between generations.
Stephen Lam/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Workers are welcoming AI in the office

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 16, 2019
Robots could be coming to take our jobs, but maybe the ones we don't want to do anyway.
AI could be used for menial tasks, like budgeting or scheduling.
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Business schools raise alarm about H-1B visas

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 15, 2019
There are fewer international students, a letter to Congress and the Trump administration says, and that could have long-term economic implications.
The dean of the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University said there were 13% fewer international students in the U.S. last year. Above, the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina.
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

California gives more workers the right to sue for workplace harassment, discrimination

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 11, 2019
The state has banned forced arbitration by employers, but it could face legal challenges at federal level.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill outlawing forced arbitration on Thursday. Above, then gubernatorial candidate Newsom speaking at an event in November 2018.
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Massive power shut-off would cost businesses in California

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 8, 2019
As the risk of wildfire and natural disasters increase with climate change, power disruptions could become more common.
Towers carrying electrical lines in south San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

GE freezes pensions as the benefit becomes endangered in private sector

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 8, 2019
General Electric is freezing its pensions for 20,000 non-union workers and will offer pension buyouts for another 100,000 former employees. GE said the move will save $8 billion, part of a plan to shed some of the company’s considerable debt.…
Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Threats against unionizing are on the rise — on Twitter

by Meghan McCarty Carino Oct 1, 2019
The founders of Tesla, Barstool Sports and the publisher of the Federalist have tweeted anti-union threats.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gives an update on the next-generation Starship spacecraft at the company's Texas launch facility on September 28, 2019 in Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas.
Loren Elliott/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Employers must submit pay data to feds ... for now

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 30, 2019
It's part of a push to close the pay gap for women and minorities.
A protester at the "A Day Without A Woman" demonstration on March 8, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
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