Stephanie Hughes



Stephanie Hughes is the producer of Marketplace Tech, which examines the growing digital economy and looks at how technology is changing the work we do every day.

Before joining Marketplace, Stephanie worked as a producer for Bloomberg Radio, where she produced interviews with guests ranging from Nobel laureate Robert Shiller to mobile game executive Niccolo de Masi. Previously, she worked for WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore, where she was one of the producers of the year-long, multi-platform series “The Lines Between Us.” It won a 2014 duPont-Columbia Award for its focus on race, poverty, and inequality in the Baltimore region. Her reporting has covered the digital hijacking of brands, the language used by state laws to describe rape, and Baltimore’s thousands of abandoned homes. She’s also interested in using crowd-sourcing to create online projects.

A native of southern Delaware, Stephanie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications, studying at the Annenberg School. Before she found her way to radio, she worked in the children’s division of the publishing house Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Latest Stories from Stephanie (138)

Machines need to be funny if they want to sell us stuff

Dec 19, 2019
Tech companies are hiring entertainers to make their chatbots nimble and witty.
The Quartz chatbot is displayed on a cellphone above streams of binary code in this photo illustration.
Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Schools spend billions on security measures. But which ones are effective?

Nov 21, 2019
They're paying for high-tech software and bulletproof whiteboards. But there's no evidence what prevents shootings.
Athena software looks for images of weapons at a mall. Next to the computer, a fake gun used by the startup in a film shoot.
Stephanie Huges/Marketplace

At UN Climate Summit, both anger and the need for money are palpable

Sep 23, 2019
“We’ll be watching,” said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the United Nations, where world leaders are holding a summit on climate change, on Sept. 23 in New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images
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What needs to happen for movies to work in virtual reality?

May 1, 2019
The Tribeca Film Festival is giving filmmakers and fans a chance to try VR experiences.
A viewer uses a virtual reality headset at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Stephanie Hughes / Marketplace
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Why advertising is no longer the holy grail of tech revenue

Aug 3, 2018
This tech earnings season, services, gadgets, and the cloud won. Advertising ... took a hit.
A picture taken on November 20, 2017 shows logos of Google displayed on computers' screens. 
Divided Decade

Lessons from the financial crisis: risks, regrets, and learning to say "this is enough"

Aug 1, 2018
Chef and entrepreneur Peter Hoffman says there are risks he didn't take, "but there’s also the work towards coming to accept that — this is enough."
A view of chef Peter Hoffman outside his former restaurant Savoy.
Courtesy Peter Hoffman
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How to be a social media star for a living

Jul 18, 2018
"As influencers, we are walking ad space," Troy Solomon says.
YouTube displayed a giant play button with the names of creators chosen to work with the company at VidCon.
(Marketplace/ Eve Troeh)
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Twitter is in a big game of "bot or not"

The proportion of fake users, or bots, on Twitter may be higher than previously thought.
This photo illustration taken on March 23, 2018 shows Twitter logos on a computer screen in Beijing.
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Yes, lots of people are still playing "Pokemon Go"

The popular mobile phone game is making a comeback.
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Tesla's China plant will serve the world's biggest electric car market

Jul 11, 2018
This week, Tesla announced its plans to build a plant in Shanghai amid trade tensions between the U.S. and China
A view of a fully electric Tesla car on an assembly line at the new Tesla Motors car factory in Tilburg, the Netherlands, during the opening and launch of the new factory, on Aug. 22, 2013.
Guus Schoonewille/AFP/Getty Images

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