Sarah Menendez

Product specialist


Sarah Menendez is a former product specialist at Marketplace. Her job was to think about how audiences interact with our digital products. She created launch plans for new projects, optimized platforms for the user and collaborated across the organization to create internal tools that help us work smarter.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

It's OK if you don't want to be a reporter — there are a lot of different jobs behind the scenes that make the newsroom run.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Event planner. I love planning parties, and I spend way too much time watching wedding videos on YouTube.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

… out of student debt.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

When LeVar Burton came to the studio for an interview, I totally freaked out. I word-vomited something about “Reading Rainbow” and how much he means to my mom as a teacher. He was so kind and told me to make sure I thank my mom for her work.

Latest Stories (42)

An ode to the Hannah Montana business model

Mar 24, 2016
It's been #10YearsofHannahMontana. Here's how the show was a money-making machine for Miley Cyrus.

Who were the executives hanging out with Obama in Cuba?

Mar 22, 2016
If you want a taste of what the U.S. wants for Cuba's future, just take a look at the business leaders joining the president's tour of the country.
President Obama with Cuban and American business leaders. 
Jose Andres/@ChefJoseAndres/Twitter

Workplace injuries going unreported due to cost

Mar 18, 2016
It's likely that at least half of employers do not comply with federal reporting rules.
Food slicing listed as a possible cause of workplace injury. 

How Ferguson police will change the way they work

Mar 16, 2016
The reforms mandated by a federal settlement aim to change how the FPD interacts with the public, but could cost the city an estimated $7 million.
A Ferguson police officer listens to the concerns of a protester as they demonstrate outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri on March 4, 2015.
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What's next for wealthy donors when candidates drop out?

Mar 2, 2016
The top donors to presidential campaigns are spending millions of dollars on candidates. But who will they back next if their candidates leave the race?
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush dropped out of the race shortly following the South Carolina primary, despite having a well-financed campaign. 
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Hollywood's diversity problem goes beyond the Oscars

Feb 22, 2016
A new study released highlights lack of diverse representation in film and television
The nominees for best actor as seen on screen at the Academy Awards nominations announcement. All the nominees this year are white men. 
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The Pope is using Telegram to share messages during Lent

Feb 11, 2016
Pope Francis dropped WhatsApp and opted for a new messaging app this year
Pope Franci on Christmas Day 2015. 
Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Denmark isn't the only country taking money from migrants

Jan 26, 2016
Other EU nations are also requiring refugees to turn over some assets to pay their stay
 Danish police conducting spot checks on incoming traffic check the documents of the passengers of a van arriving from Germany. Denmark has introduced stricter rules when it comes to migration, including seizing valuables. 
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