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 (154)

Will the workweek shrink in a post-pandemic world?

May 26, 2020
Many companies have gone remote. Is a four-day workweek next?
A man works on his laptop while waiting for a train in Tokyo in April. Tuning out work often can help us do our best thinking, one expert says.
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People are adjusting to working from home for the long haul

May 22, 2020
We check in with three people adapting to their new work environments. Zen attitudes about pantsless kids in video chats helps.
After two months of working remotely, people are adjusting to the idea of working from home long-term.
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The changing labor market could affect hazard pay

May 20, 2020
Bonuses for many essential workers is being rolled back this month. And high unemployment could push wages down, even for risky jobs.
An Amazon employee at the company's Staten Island distribution facility. The giant retailer is phasing out its hazard pay.
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As cities move to cap delivery app fees, some restaurants worry

May 19, 2020
Some fear the apps will pass fees on to consumers, who might balk.
An Uber Eats delivery person in April. Some delivery companies say a decrease in fees they charge restaurants would be passed on to consumers.
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More remote work could send techies out of tech hubs ... to a point

May 18, 2020
The Googleplex is emptied out, so why pay Silicon Valley housing prices?
Two women get some sun in Madrid while working from laptops in April.
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What it's like starting a new job from home during the COVID-19 pandemic

May 18, 2020
There's more to onboarding than just training. The social component is more difficult right now.
Starting a new job during these times involves a lot of video chat.
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What role should employees play in enforcing social distancing rules?

May 15, 2020
Employees may face tense situations with some customers.
Should restaurant and retail employees be in charge of enforcing the law?
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Latinas among those hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

May 14, 2020
Big cuts in hospitality, health care and retail sectors leave Latinas vulnerable.
One in five Latinas are now unemployed.
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Food delivery apps may soon see even more consolidation

May 13, 2020
That could mean higher prices for consumers, and for the restaurants that rely on the apps.
There are reports that Uber has made an offer to buy and take over Grubhub.
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Some paper checks have already gone out, the IRS says, but others could take until June or July.
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