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 (334)

Omicron worries could keep some workers out of labor force

Dec 2, 2021
There are signs that health concerns, particularly for older Americans, are decreasing interest in being employed or “unretiring.”
Workers over 65 were the fastest-growing segment of the labor force pre-COVID but have retired at an accelerated pace over the last two years.
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Supply chain slowdowns could make it a big year for gift cards

Nov 25, 2021
E-commerce and consumer habits of younger shoppers have made them increasingly popular.
Once considered thoughtless and impersonal, gift cards have become increasingly popular and are expected to be a big seller this year.
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Most home care workers are entitled to overtime but might not know it

Nov 24, 2021
A new initiative from the Labor Department aims to up outreach and enforcement related to such issues.
Long-term caregivers and supporters rally in Los Angeles in July for greater investment in the country's caregiving infrastructure.
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Pharmacy chains plan to expand health care offerings

Nov 19, 2021
The pandemic highlighted their opportunity to meet everyday health care needs (and presented some challenges).
Though major pharmacy chains, like CVS and Walgreens, are looking to expand primary health care services, they're currently battling employee burnout like many other health providers.
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More workers are returning to offices, but downtown? Not so much.

Nov 16, 2021
The share of workers staying home due to worries about the coronavirus dropped last month to a pandemic low.
A few lights are on in a New York City high-rise. Some workers are coming back, but downtowns still have plenty of unused capacity.
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The future of work anywhere: gardens, stores and hotels

Nov 15, 2021
The more working at an office becomes a choice, the more workplaces could become a niche consumer product.
A garden "pod" office at Second Home Hollywood co-working space.
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Census Bureau to add business startups as an official statistic

Nov 10, 2021
The fast-moving nature of the pandemic demands new measurements that are more timely.
Business startups have surged during the pandemic. The Census Bureau is making permanent a new monthly metric for business formations.
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Without teen workers, "we'd have to close our doors"

Nov 9, 2021
A hot job market continues to seek out teenagers. But will that hurt their academics and long-term job prospects?
Amid a labor shortage, the teenage employment rates remain high.
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Why aren't public sector jobs coming back in a strong way?

Nov 8, 2021
State and local government jobs, especially in education, continue to lag behind the overall labor market, that showed job growth in October.
Jobs in the public sector still haven't bounced back, which goes against forecasts.
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New OSHA vaccination guidelines for large employers: Who pays what?

Nov 5, 2021
Costs include time off for workers to get shots, and the cost of testing for those who don't want to get vaccinated.
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk past a sign posting COVID-19 requirements in front of a store in Hollywood, California, on Nov. 2.
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