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Meghan McCarty Carino

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I cover workplace culture, from the rise of the gig economy, automation and #MeToo to wellness programs, digital nomads and pay transparency.

What was your first job?

When I was 13, I got a work permit so I could do children's face painting at our local fruit stand/pumpkin patch for about $4 an hour. Full-face sparkle butterflies were my specialty!

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Because we often turn around stories on really tight deadlines (like a few hours), I'll often frantically reach out to way more people than I need for a story because I don't know who's going to get back to me in time for air. Often, I end up with more interviews than I can fit in the allotted time and I have to leave someone out. I try as hard as possible to use that interview to feed another story, but it's not always possible. Telling people who have been kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule and share their expertise and experience with me that I didn't include them in the final story is the stuff of nightmares!

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Trust your gut. The things that make you laugh or confuse you are often the best, most human way into a story.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I would run tours for off-the-beaten-path travel, not just because I love traveling, but because it is seemingly the only area of life in which I manage to be insanely, supremely organized. While I can't find my tax returns or family members' addresses, when I'm planning a trip, I make color-coded Google maps and spreadsheet budgets, I memorize best restaurant lists and optimize itineraries to hit the maximum number of eating opportunities and happy hours.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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

A Japanese chef's knife.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I was one of those annoying people who didn't own a television in their 20s because I was too cool for mass media. Then I discovered “Mad Men.” And “Game of Thrones.” And “House Hunters International.” Now I'm a bona fide TV addict, and I truly believe that experiencing popular TV shows together is an amazing way of connecting with our fellow humans.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

The first time I used the term "blockchain" in a story. I never thought I would know what that meant until I worked here. Actually, I'm still not really sure.

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

Kleenex. Thanks to allergies, I go through about a box a week.

Latest Stories from Meghan (65)

Could U.S. interest rates go negative like Europe's?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 13, 2019
After the European Central Bank announced a rate cut, Trump urged the Fed to do the same.
Matt Cardy/Getty Images

California gig worker law to be decided this week

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 9, 2019
A bill that could force companies to reclassify workers as employees looks poised to win approval this week.
Uber and Lyft drivers protest at Los Angeles International Airport over what they say are unfair wages.
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

New York Fashion Week slims down to five days

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 6, 2019
The event generates $600 million, but critics said it had grown too big and unwieldy.
A model walks the runway for the Elie Tahari show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on Sept 5.
Roy Rochlin/Roy Rochlin
Workplace Culture

Why labor unions keep shrinking

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 22, 2019
It's not just the shift away from a manufacturing economy.
Labor union members protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget cuts in 2011.
Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Businesses tap virtual reality to train workers

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 21, 2019
VR training is being used to prep workers for Black Friday, for warehouse safety issues and to improve communication.
At Farmers Insurance in Los Angeles, Jessica DeCanio demonstrates how claims adjusters use virtual reality to train for the field.
Meghan McCarty Carino/Marketplace

Truckers split on proposed rule changes

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 19, 2019
The proposal would allow drivers to split up mandatory breaks and extend the workday.
Trucks drive along Interstate Highway 90 in Chicago.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
Workplace Culture

Recession could sour the kombucha party at WeWork

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 14, 2019
The co-working space identified a downturn as a risk as it readies its IPO.
A WeWork location in Shanghai.
Courtesy of WeWork

Nike hopes parents will sign up for kids' sneaker club

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 12, 2019
Parents would pay a monthly fee starting at $20 for four pairs of shoes, but how many do kids really need?
People walk by a Nike store in Manhattan in 2018 in New York, New York.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Could the gig be up for Uber and Lyft?

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 9, 2019
A law under consideration in California would require the companies to classify their drivers as employees.
A woman holds up a sign as people protest outside Uber's corporate headquarters in San Francisco, California in May 2019.
Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)
Workplace Culture

Lowe's outsources thousands of jobs to third-party contractors

by Meghan McCarty Carino Aug 5, 2019
The hardware retailer announced thousands of layoffs this week, but the jobs aren't going away
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