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The GM strike marches on

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Erika Beras

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a reporter covering the economics of aging throughout the lifespan.

What was your first job?

I worked as a salesgirl and helium balloon inflator at a card store when I was 15.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A synchronized swimmer … an oral historian … or in all honesty, probably a journalist.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

A good pair of shoes.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I love textiles, fabrics and woven goods and always try to pick some up whenever I travel. I have a handful in and around my studio. They brighten up the space. Also, when I can no longer see them, I know it’s time to purge the piles of paper that just seem to accumulate.

 

Latest Stories from Erika (206)

Can BET's new streaming service improve the odds for black TV talent?

by Erika Beras Sep 19, 2019
Just launched, Bet+ is expected to put pressure on incumbent services to make their content more diverse.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry’s entire catalogue will be available on BET Plus. Above, Perry and Taraji P. Henson at the 2019 BET Awards where Perry received the Ultimate Icon Award.
Liliane Lathan/Getty Images for BET

For renters, this economy and housing market are a mixed bag

by Erika Beras Sep 18, 2019
Economic uncertainty leaves some people content to rent. Others? Not so much.
A for rent sign is seen on a building Hollywood, California in 2016.
Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Senate subcommittee considers whether giant tech companies have too much power

by Erika Beras Sep 18, 2019
Do giant tech companies require more oversight?
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The last time GM workers went on strike, it was a different economic climate

by Erika Beras Sep 17, 2019
The country was heading into the Great Recession during the 2007 walkout. A lot has changed for the company and the economy.
Jennifer Odum, a United Auto Workers member who is employed at the General Motors Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, sits on the curb as she strikes on Sept. 16.
Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Tenants to get more eviction protections under California measure

by Erika Beras Sep 13, 2019
In some cases, it would require landlords to pay up to one month’s rent for tenants to relocate.
An eviction notice posted on the front door of a foreclosed property in Jupiter, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Recession talk begins to wear on small businesses

by Erika Beras Sep 10, 2019
Owners were slightly less optimistic in August than the previous month.
The graph representing the Stock is seen on a TV screen at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 14, 2019 in New York City.
JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

Regulators fine YouTube for collecting data and marketing to kids

by Erika Beras Sep 5, 2019
Critics say the $170 million penalty will do little to change the video platform's behavior.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Amazon says it plans to donate goods rather than destroy them

by Erika Beras Sep 5, 2019
Amazon says it'll stop destroying unsold goods in the U.S. and the U.K., and donate them instead.
David Ryder / Getty Images

How much is the federal government spending on climate change?

by Erika Beras Sep 2, 2019
Only a fraction of what is being spent on efforts to recover from climate-related disasters.
A view of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in 2017 in Washington, DC.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Trade showdown

New tariffs on Chinese goods set to begin Sept. 1

by Erika Beras Aug 30, 2019
A new round of U.S. tariffs of 15% on a wide range of goods from China is set to begin on Sept. 1. The list of targeted imports includes televisions, smartwatches and footwear. We take a look at some of…
Shipping containers from China and other nations are unloaded at the Long Beach Port in Los Angeles, California on February 16, 2019.
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