Stephanie Hughes

Senior Reporter


Stephanie Hughes is a senior reporter at Marketplace. She’s focused on education and the economy, and lives in Brooklyn.

She's reported on topics including the effectiveness of technology used by schools to prevent violence, startups that translate global climate data for homebuyers, and why theater majors are getting jobs writing for chatbots.

Previously, she worked as a producer for Bloomberg, where she covered finance, technology, and economics. Before that, she worked as the senior producer for “Maryland Morning,” broadcast on WYPR, the NPR affiliate in Baltimore. She’s also reported for other media outlets, including NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “The Takeaway,” and Salon.

At WYPR, she helped produce the year-long, multi-platform series “The Lines Between Us,” which won a 2014 duPont-Columbia Award. She’s also interested in using crowdsourcing to create online projects, such as this interactive map of flags around Maryland, made from listener contributions.

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 (234)

How an old shipyard became a home for hardware startups

Feb 20, 2017
How a real estate developer transformed a former ship building facility to a new space for hardware companies.
An Ultimaker 3-D printer works at at the New Lab manufacturing hub. 
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Teaching a brand to be clever on Twitter

Feb 3, 2017
Live events like the Super Bowl offer companies a chance to give a 'social wink' to audiences.
"Brands can go back in time to that spontaneous moment, and create content around it," said Stacy Minero, the head of content planning at Twitter. She uses Joe Namath and his fur coat as an example.
Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

Allison Schroeder on writing the movie 'Hidden Figures'

Jan 6, 2017
Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women who worked as mathematicians at NASA in the 1960s. Screenwriter Allison Schroeder tells us about writing the film and her family history with NASA.
NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) meets astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell), in the film Hidden Figures.
Hopper Stone / Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Online banking platform SoFi targets "high earners, not rich yet"

Dec 20, 2016
How the online lender SoFi wants to make borrowing more social.
StockSnap/Visual Hunt

Encryption apps see growth after election

Nov 16, 2016
Signal, which features end-to-end encryption, has seen 400 percent growth since the election.
Signal uses end-to-end encryption so that no one can read your messages.
Open Whisper Systems

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto on Steel City as innovation hub

Oct 31, 2016
Uber chose Pittsburgh as the place to test its autonomous vehicles. How will it affect the city and its citizens?
An Uber driverless Ford Fusion drives down Smallman Street on September, 22, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Full interview: Volvo America CEO on driverless cars

Sep 30, 2016
The company says that we'll have autonomous technology fully in place by 2021.
A view of the Volvo S90, which employs semi-autonomous features.
ADAM IHSE/AFP/Getty Images

Anita Sarkeesian on 'Ordinary Women'

Sep 29, 2016
The critic Anita Sarkeesian has a new web series that will look at the contributions women have made throughout history.
Anita Sarkeesian on the set of "Ordinary Women."
Courtesy of Feminist Frequency

Drones: getting down to business

The rules to use commercial drones have gotten a little loser.
One of Workhorse's truck and drone combos.
Courtesy of Workhorse

Talking shop about the repair shop

Aug 23, 2016
An iconic New York computer repair shop is closing its doors and auctioning off its vintage computers.
The Mac Museum at Tekserve
Ben Johnson