Karl Baker joined Marketplace in January of 2012. Before coming to New York, he worked as a commercial fisherman, an English teacher, and a part-time reporter for KBCS radio. He's also currently a student in business and economic reporting at NYU.
Posted In: fracking, New York, natural gas
A fracking-fueled job boom has erupted in parts of the U.S. and wages of gas workers have increased. But in New York fracking is banned. That hasn’t stopped an upstate New York school from offering training courses for work in gas fields, because many expect Gov. Andrew Cuomo to lift the ban.
Posted In: apocalypse, doomsday
From natural disasters to economic crises to a supposed Mayan prophecy of the end of the world in 2012, doomsday has galvanized some marketers.
Posted In: Greece, default, Eurozone
If Greece ditches its austerity plan and defaults on its loans, how might that play out in the global economy? Follow our flow chart to find out.
Consumer Reports polled 1,000 U.S. households and found that more Americans are feeling stressed today than at any time since September 2009.
Posted In: Muni Bonds
U.S. households hold half of all municipal bonds issued by cities and states in the U.S. But over the course of the past year, those investors have been backing away. Why?
Posted In: Jobs, Investing, investments
A recent report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis about the health of the economy in the fourth quarter of 2011 shows a 20 percent spike in investment -- a sign that businesses are back to spending, not hoarding, their money.
Posted In: Unemployment, wages, economic indicators
The dip in unemployment and job claims indicate optimism -- but wages fell sharply for the majority of American workers last year in a way that they haven't since 2007.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, baby boomers
The jobs market is showing signs of life - but these positive prospects are being enjoyed by maybe the last group you would expect: baby boomers.