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Missed “Marketplace” with Kai Ryssdal on air? Catch up here! Listen now

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 (105)

Workplace Culture

Goldman Sachs pushes for more diverse boards of directors

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 23, 2020
"I think that this Goldman decision is symbolic of the strength of the business case and the belief people have in it," one expert said.
Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

Target's winning streak slows with disappointing holiday sales

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 15, 2020
The retailer missed the mark on electronics and toy sales.
A Target cashier rings up customers at a Target store in Albany, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

BlackRock's new investment strategy: sustainability

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 14, 2020
The world's largest money manager now sees climate change as investment risk.
Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, said that climate risk is “compelling investors to reassess core assumptions about modern finance.”
Michael Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times

Lime is the latest e-scooter operator to downsize

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 10, 2020
The company is pulling out of 12 markets and laying off 14% of its workforce.
Mehdi Fedouach/AFP via Getty Images
Workplace Culture

#MeToo has brought dozens of state law changes

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 7, 2020
Two years since Weinstein allegations caused outrage, the legal landscape has changed.
Activists participate in the #MeToo March on November 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Sarah Morris/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Recreational pot is legal in 11 states, but laws protecting job seekers are still rare

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 2, 2020
Things are changing in Nevada, where a new law restricts employer drug tests.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Decade in workplace culture defined by uneven recovery

by Meghan McCarty Carino Jan 1, 2020
The longest economic expansion brought confidence for some, insecurity for others.
Google employees stage a walkout on Nov. 1, 2018, in New York, over sexual harassment.
Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Will the 2020s bring an end to the era of open offices?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 31, 2019
Blamed for everything from decreased productivity to increased flu cases, the majority of workers hate them, a survey says.
Collaboration or constant distraction? Google employees work in an open office in Berlin in January.
Tobias Schwarz/AFP via Getty Images

Gen Z turns to resale to offload unwanted gifts

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 31, 2019
Second-hand marketplaces like Depop, Mercari and Poshmark have gained popularity with young consumers.
Selling unwanted gifts is a popular move for Gen Z.
Jesse Grant/Getty Images for James Mae

Streaming TV might go back to the future by embracing ad revenue

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 27, 2019
The forthcoming NBCUniversal service, Peacock, could be free and ad-supported ... like old-fashioned TV.
NBCUniversal plans to wade into the streaming pool with an ad-supported service called Peacock.
David McNew/Getty Images