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Renata Sago

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I cover food culture and consumption. Catch me on a pea farm in rural Minnesota, at a new burger spot in town, or in the alternative pasta aisle of a local grocery store with a microphone and a camera. My stories explore new trends in food, including health, safety, disruption and moneeeeey.

What was your very first job?

I started a production company when I was 6 years old. I ran it from my grandmother's porch, with occasional assistance from my cat.

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

Making magic on tight deadlines is a mutha.

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

Stay hydrated (also life advice).

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

You should own your voice, and every single bit of your story, past and present. They are priceless. Never give those up. They are what make you unique. (Existential, huh?)

Latest Stories from Renata (139)

Urban Outfitters enters the clothing rental business

by Renata Sago May 22, 2019
It's the latest company to join this fast-growing retail market, but why?
Urban Outfitters is the latest company to enter the fast-growing retail rental industry.
Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

How the latest tariff hike could hit Home Depot and Lowe's

by Renata Sago May 21, 2019
The Trump administration more than doubled tariffs on many Chinese goods.
A Home Depot store in Burbank, California is seen on February 18, 2019.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

Nordstrom goes small with "Local" stores

by Renata Sago May 20, 2019
It's about square feet and making moves away from malls.
A tailor alters clothing at the Nordstrom Local shop in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
Nordstrom

These bygone supermarkets live on in our memories

by Renata Sago May 17, 2019
Many people remember local supermarkets past. Here's our ode to three venerable chains that are now gone.
Some of the items in Jim Pessek’s Red Owl collection that he hopes to display in the museum in a former Red Owl store in Stewart, MN.
Judy Griesedieck

Rising demand for plant protein feeds growth of the humble pea

by Renata Sago May 1, 2019
The versatile legume can be found in pasta, milk, pet food and the “Beyond Burger.”
Ryan Klassen inspects pea seeds on his farm in Belgrade, Minnesota. Those peas are the base of the protein being used in a range of products, including energy bars, cereals and milks.
Renata Sago/Marketplace

How is it that gas prices can be so different block to block?

by Renata Sago Apr 29, 2019
Drivers know that gas prices can be kind of all over the map. It varies quite a bit by state. And sometimes you find notable differences between stations in the same confined area, even though most factors affecting cost such…
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What's your favorite grocery store that no longer exists?

by Renata Sago Apr 26, 2019
Tell us about the supermarkets that left an impact on your life.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Regional grocery chains are in fight-or-flight mode

by Renata Sago Apr 18, 2019
Some are thriving. Others are closing. All are strategizing.
People shop at Wegmans Foods store in Fairfax, Virginia, on February 24, 2011. 
JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Are airlines making more money from credit cards than from flying?

by Renata Sago Apr 3, 2019
Delta Air Lines and American Express just renewed their credit-card partnership through 2019. By 2023, Delta expects to more than double its AmEx-generated revenue, to $7 billion annually. Delta is not alone — other major carriers are also racking up cash…
A passenger checks in for a flight at the Delta Air Lines desk at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. Delta Air Lines recently beat Wall Street’s expectations reporting record first-quarter revenue.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Bars without booze for the sober and "sober-curious"

by Renata Sago Mar 28, 2019
They're popping up across the country.
"Mocktail" bars are popping up across the country.
Club Soda Guide/Flickr (CC by 2.0)