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Executive director, digital
I oversee our digital team — an awesome group of reporters, editors, producers and technologists — and am helping Marketplace transition from a radio shop to a multiplatform news organization. I care about telling stories that connect with audiences and make them learn or feel something.
What was your first job?
When I was 7 or 8, I signed a contract with my father: For every night I did the dishes, I would be paid a quarter. I guess it was technically an allowance, but I signed a contract!
What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?
That more than anything else, being a good journalist is about listening.
What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?
This sleep mask — I have several stashed around my house and in travel bags. The best $12.99 you’ll ever spend.
What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?
I was a casual listener before I started working here, but I really binged in preparation for my interviews. Listening to the shows — hearing series like “My Economy” or “I’ve Always Wondered” that regularly feature the voices of our listeners — I was really struck by the incredible ongoing relationship between Marketplace and its audience. I mentioned this to my sister, and a few hours later she forwarded me an email exchange she had with a Marketplace producer several years earlier — after my sister had heard and responded to an on-air callout. (She didn’t get interviewed — the timing didn’t work out, but I used her email in my interview presentation and that DID work out.)
What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?
A “What Would Oprah Do?” plaque from a former colleague — it reminds me to get outside of my own head, and more importantly, it makes me laugh.
Notice anything different around here? Welcome to the new Marketplace experience. While you’ve been listening, our team has been hard at work building what we’re calling our “digital ecosystem” — a hub that connects our website, podcasts, social media pages,…