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 (285)

Zillow confirms people are moving to smaller cities and bigger homes

Jun 14, 2021
Cities in the South and Southwest were already growing, but the pandemic accelerated the trend.
According to North American Van Lines, people left Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco at the highest rates.
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Will the pandemic make the U.S. more of a vacation nation?

Jun 11, 2021
It's profoundly changed how Americans think about work and life, one sociologist says.
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OSHA issues workplace COVID rules, but they're limited to health care

Jun 11, 2021
There are still no emergency COVID standards from OSHA for other industries like meatpacking and farming.
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Company bosses will set the tone when it comes to working from home

Jun 10, 2021
Companies may say it's OK for employees to work from home, but if CEOs are always in the office, that sends a different message.
Experts say that where executives spend their time will influence what employees decide to do, regardless of what company policy.
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Why aren't corporate boards diversifying more quickly?

Jun 9, 2021
An new analysis of Fortune 500 companies finds that progress in diversifying corporate boards has been "painfully slow."
One challenge is that directors don’t tend to leave their board seats very often. Board members generally stick around for about a decade, said Yo-Jud Cheng, a business professor at the University of Virginia.
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Videoconferencing is here to stay. It’ll have a different role in the hybrid workplace.

Jun 2, 2021
Zoom beat Wall Street expectations, but the technology may evolve from replacing social life to being just a tool.
Video chats work well for one-on-one interaction but not as well when the aim is group collaboration.
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Teenagers in search of summer jobs are in luck

Jun 1, 2021
A tight labor market has brought teen employment to its highest level in a decade.
So far, white adolescents have seen the biggest gains in employment this year.
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With pandemic easing, how long does Zoom stay hot?

May 31, 2021
The videoconferencing technology company has been a mainstay of the pandemic experience. It will report financial results Tuesday.
Zoom founder Eric Yuan in front of the Nasdaq building in New York. The company's videoconferencing technology caught on as people stayed home during lockdown.
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Nearly half of states will cut short federal jobless benefits

May 27, 2021
The economy is steadily improving, but we're not back to "normal."
Conservatives have argued that enhanced unemployment benefits were meant to buffer workers from the worst of the pandemic, which has now passed.
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Time's Up joins businesses to support caregivers and help women return to work

May 19, 2021
The new Care Economy Business Council is pushing for government policies around paid child care and family leave.
The U.S. is the only wealthy country without paid family leave.
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