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 (128)

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As millions join unemployment rolls, some retailers are in a hurry to hire

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 27, 2020
A surge in demand during the pandemic has Amazon, Walmart, CVS and others scrambling to add thousands of new workers.
A global pandemic might seem like an odd time to hire a lot of new workers, but some companies need the extra hands.
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What kind of unemployment benefits are right for the unprecedented time of COVID-19?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 27, 2020
Economists say generous benefits historically can give people an incentive not to look for a new job. But those benefits also stabilize families, and could keep people at home now when social distancing is required.
A closed restaurant after a "shelter in place" order was given to residents to slow the spread of COVID-19 on March 20 in Oak Park, Illinois.
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Struggles of working parents on full display amid pandemic

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 26, 2020
But the difficulty of balancing work and family predate this crisis.
About 75% of moms and more than 90% of dads work In the U.S., according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now, those parents are also homeschool teachers.
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Laid-off workers now worry about health care during health crisis

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 25, 2020
The majority of Americans get employer-sponsored health insurance so what happens when that goes away?
One employer said he "just wanted to make sure that everybody’s taken care of through this."
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Employers ramping up mental health services in COVID-19 pandemic

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 19, 2020
One expert says video counseling, apps and other tools could be effective in times of crisis.
As more people are social distancing at home, remote counseling sessions are a good option.
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When home becomes office, daycare and school all at once

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 18, 2020
Kids, spouses and roommates are adding stress to unconventional work arrangements.
Designating time for each parent to work or watch the kids could help while working from home.
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Liquidity will be key to weathering COVID-19 slowdown

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 13, 2020
"Credit is the mother’s milk of economic activity," said one analyst.
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Gig workers are vulnerable in an outbreak

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 3, 2020
They interact with the public and handle food, but often have no safety net to fall back on.
Most gig workers don't get any paid sick days.
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Remote work is having a moment amid COVID-19 fears

by Meghan McCarty Carino Mar 2, 2020
Businesses are making plans for employees to work outside of the office ... and it just might stick.
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America's lack of sick leave is a problem in COVID-19 outbreak

by Meghan McCarty Carino Feb 26, 2020
About a third of workers in the U.S. don't have sick days, and many that do don't use them.
A woman wears a medical mask while waiting at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 2.
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