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 (131)

COVID-19

Gig workers are vulnerable in an outbreak

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.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
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Remote work is having a moment amid COVID-19 fears

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

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.
David McNew/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

NLRB rule could make it harder for millions of workers to organize

Feb 26, 2020
It rolls back an Obama-era policy that held some corporations accountable for labor violations by subcontractors and franchisees.
The new NLRB rule could make it harder for employee's of McDonald's to organize.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Apprenticeship programs could help solve labor market woes

Feb 25, 2020
Apprentices earn a full salary and usually land a permanent job. Why don't we have more of them?
Stan Best took an apprenticeship at the Newport News Shipyard, where workers build aircraft carriers and submarines for the military.
Gary C. Knapp/Getty Images

Hard seltzer explosion continues to bubble

Feb 18, 2020
The fizzy alcoholic beverages seem to be pulling market share mostly from light beer and appeal equally to men and women.
Cartons of hard seltzer White Claw are on display at the Round the Clock Deli in New York City in September.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Business is catching on to the importance of sleep

Feb 17, 2020
Lost productivity from lack of sleep costs the economy billions of dollars.
An "energy pod" is seen at the company Thrive Global, in New York, on May 10, 2018, which Thrive Global employees can use to take a nap.
Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Delta wants to be the first carbon neutral global airline

Feb 14, 2020
Cleaner jet fuels and electric planes are still decades away, meaning Delta is focusing on carbon offsets.
Delta Airlines plans to be carbon neutral by purchasing carbons offsets.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Oscar winner calls for expansion of laws against discrimination based on hair

Feb 12, 2020
The director of "Hair Love" said so-called Crown Acts should apply in all 50 states.
Filmmakers Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver pose with their Oscars for Best Animated Short Film for "Hair Love" on Feb. 9, 2020.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images
Workplace Culture

House subcommittee scrutinizes diversity at biggest banks

Feb 12, 2020
Reforms after the financial crisis haven't brought dramatic change.
Has Wall Street really become more diverse since the 2008 recession?
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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