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Marketplace Morning Report

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 (91)

Deal offers paid leave for federal workers, but only new parents

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 11, 2019
Although it leaves out the majority of workers, the policy change is seen by many as a step in the right direction.
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When it pays to smoke with the boss

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 9, 2019
Male smokers who work for other male smokers get promoted faster, according to new research.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Food stamp change could cut 700,000 from SNAP

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 5, 2019
Unemployment is at historic lows but some workers still face hurdles to work.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

E-commerce continues to change the nature of seasonal work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Dec 2, 2019
There are fewer seasonal retail jobs, but hiring in warehousing and transportation have picked up the slack.
A woman works at a distribution station at an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island in February 2019.
Johannes Eiselle/AFP via Getty Images

Gen Z most likely to shop in store on Black Friday

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 29, 2019
Even though they grew up on mobile, today's teens seem to still enjoy the social aspect of shopping in person.
Even though they were raised online, today's teens seem to enjoy the social aspect of hitting stores on Black Friday.
Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

eBay aims to strengthen focus on core business as competition builds

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 26, 2019
The site known for its auctions has shifted to more fixed price sales, but can't compete with Amazon.
The eBay headquarters in San Jose, California in 2014.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Tell us about your online shopping ... at work

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 25, 2019
We all do it. How has it changed your workplace?
Do you shop online while at the office?
Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Midland, Texas, had fastest growth in pay last year

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 20, 2019
It outperformed San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles.
An oil boom in the Permian Basin has attracted a lot of workers. Above, an oil drill is viewed near a construction site for homes and office buildings in 2015 in Midland, Texas.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

New Belgium sale brings end to employee ownership for craft beer maker

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 20, 2019
Only about 6,000 companies in the United States are owned by their workers.
A customer takes a sip of a craft beer n Santa Rosa, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Holiday hiring is up despite economic uncertainties

by Meghan McCarty Carino Nov 15, 2019
But striking the right balance to meet demand is tricky this year.
Companies are offering higher wages, deeper merchandise discounts and more perks to attract seasonal workers.
Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

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