Raghu Manavalan

Former Producer


Raghu Manavalan is a former producer for Marketplace, where he created content for radio and digital platforms.

Raghu started his public radio career at The Moth storytelling show and podcast, where he still works as the LA-based assistant producer. He later worked as a freelance reporter and producer for local stations such as KPCC and KCRW, before joining Marketplace in 2013 to work in a variety of roles. Highlights of his career include reporting from the bleachers at Dodger Stadium, producing live coverage from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, and creating a McDonald’s sales data chart out of stale French fries. He has been awarded a Golden Mike award and AP Mark Twain award for his reporting.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Raghu did not have to move very far to work at Marketplace’s downtown LA office. His ideal Sunday includes basketball and brunch.

Latest Stories (114)

Fill in the chart: Before and after NAFTA

Mar 22, 2017
Guess how the U.S. economy has changed since the trade agreement was established.
Arjuna Soriano/Raghu Manavalan/Marketplace

A visit to Erie's Polish Falcons

The Pennsylvania county represents the economic dissatisfaction that voters felt during the election.
Erie, Pennsylvania was built on manufacturing, and its county went Republican in the 2016 presidential election after voting for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. We dropped in on the Polish Falcons Social Club, Nest 610, to chat with some voters about how their economies are going.
Maitham Basha-Agha/Marketplace

Chart of the day: Personal debt keeps growing

Dec 1, 2016
One out of three Americans has at least one debt in collections.
Source: New York Fed Consumer Credit Panel/Equifax

Zooey Deschanel takes the Marketplace Quiz

Nov 25, 2016
Deschanel explains why you should stay true to yourself and perhaps purchase a coffee maker.
Zooey Deschanel with She & Him partner M. Ward.
Courtesy of Grandstand HQ
Chris Hadfield's first book for children, "The Darkest Dark."
Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

How America's immigrants work, in 5 charts and maps

Oct 25, 2016
What regions and industries rely the most on foreign-born workers?
Migrant workers in Central Washington.
Tommy Andres/Marketplace

Alton Brown takes the Marketplace Quiz

Sep 23, 2016
"90 percent of the advice that people give you is actually them expressing regret or fear."

White House photographer Pete Souza takes the Marketplace Quiz

Jul 29, 2016
The official photographer for Presidents Obama and Reagan takes our money and work inspired questionnaire.
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with NASA astronaut Commander Scott Kelly upon his return from a nearly yearlong mission on the International Space Station, in the Oval Office, March 2, 2016. 
Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Musician Xenia Rubinos takes the Marketplace Quiz

Jul 22, 2016
Her advice: Believe in your own hype (and pass on the foie gras french fries).
Musician Xenia Rubinos

Moby takes the Marketplace Quiz

Jul 8, 2016
The recent memoirist reflects on the loneliness of work and price of cocaine.
Sunny Khalsa