Marilyn Geewax

Marilyn Geewax is a senior editor, assigning and editing business radio stories. She also serves as the national economics correspondent for the NPR web site, and regularly discusses economic issues on NPR's mid-day show Here & Now.

Her work contributed to NPR's 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news for "The Foreclosure Nightmare." Geewax also worked on the foreclosure-crisis coverage that was recognized with a 2009 Heywood Broun Award.

Before joining NPR in 2008, Geewax served as the national economics correspondent for Cox Newspapers' Washington Bureau. Before that, she worked at Cox's flagship paper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, first as a business reporter and then as a columnist and editorial board member. She got her start as a business reporter for the Akron Beacon Journal.

Over the years, she has filed news stories from China, Japan, South Africa and Europe. Recently, she headed to Europe to participate in the RIAS German/American Journalist Exchange Program.

Geewax was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she studied economics and international relations. She earned a master's degree at Georgetown University, focusing on international economic affairs, and has a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University.

She is a member of the National Press Club's Board of Governors and serves on the Global Economic Reporting Initiative Committee for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

Trying to understand the Trump Organization is a daunting task. President-elect Donald Trump has not released tax documents, so the best clues about his privately held business interests come from a financial disclosure form he released in May. The document covers scores of pages with small type, and suggests he is financially involved with hundreds of companies, including some that simply license his name. A sort through that disclosure form , submitted to the Office of Government Ethics,...

In Washington, lobbyists, trade association leaders and journalists are passing around names that President-elect Donald Trump may be considering for key economic policy positions. His choices to lead Treasury, Trade, Commerce, Labor and Housing and other departments will help shape Trumponomics in 2017. So whom will he choose? Here are the leading candidates — based on informed speculation from an array of well-connected insiders. NPR journalists John Ydstie, Chris Arnold and yours truly...

Pull out your blue pencils, green eyeshades and rule books; it may soon be time to start rewriting NAFTA. Leaders in the United States, Canada and Mexico say they're open to giving the North American Free Trade Agreement, in place since 1994, a hard look. Here's what's been happening: In the wee hours of Wednesday, Republican Donald Trump claimed victory in the U.S. presidential election. In his action plan for his first 100 days in office, the president-elect said he would "renegotiate NAFTA...

During his presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump said he would "get rid of" Dodd-Frank — the sweeping legislation passed in 2010 to address problems underlying the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Many Republicans hate the 2,300-page law, saying it is layered with far too many regulations. But Democrats say it provides valuable oversight of an industry that they believe took too many risks on Wall Street and too much advantage of customers on Main Street. Now President-elect Trump's...

During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump often was fuzzy on details of his economic plans. But he was clear about one goal: getting much tougher on trade relations with our most important partners, i.e., China, Canada and Mexico. Analysts say they don't doubt he will follow through. "We are definitely shifting to a world where the landscape is far less favorable to trade," said Eswar Prasad, professor of trade policy at Cornell University. These are the three most likely steps to be...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: Now we're going to spend a few minutes talking about the presidential election, but from a different point of view - that of the financial markets. Yesterday, the S&P 500 posted the ninth consecutive day of declines. That's the longest stretch of downward movement since December 1980, and analysts are convinced that this is a reaction to political news. We wanted to hear more about this, so we brought in Marilyn...

Go ahead — ask the boss for a raise. The jobs report released Friday by the Labor Department suggests the time finally may be right to demand a fatter paycheck. The October report showed employers added 161,000 jobs — and paid workers more. Average hourly earnings rose by 10 cents to $25.92 last month — and that gain followed September's increase of 8 cents an hour. In all, average hourly earnings have risen by 2.8 percent over the past year — the fastest pace since the end of the Great...

The Federal Reserve's policymakers ended their two-day meeting Wednesday without raising interest rates. But they did issue a statement saying the case for more expensive loans is strengthening. That's because the U.S. economy is improving enough to allow interest rates to rise soon to more normal levels. In recent weeks, "the labor market has continued to strengthen and growth of economic activity has picked up from the modest pace seen in the first half of this year," the Fed said. As...

Deals, deals and more deals — corporations are on a merger binge. But are they helping or hurting the economy? In the short run, mergers can hurt workers, consumers and savers. But most economists say that in the long run, consolidation can increase efficiency and strengthen U.S. corporations, helping the economy for all. Let's walk through recent events, and consider the arguments. In October, corporations announced about $329 billion worth of deals, according to Thomson Reuters'...

During political campaigns, many dollar figures get tossed about as candidates discuss the national debt, the deficit, and taxes. But in some states, this could be the figure that will matter most: $7.25. That's the amount minimum-wage workers get paid per hour under federal law. Polls show voters overwhelmingly support a higher wage , and 28 states and the District of Columbia already have passed laws forcing employers to pay more than the national minimum. In this election cycle, voters in...

Maybe this election cycle really is getting to us. On Friday, one report showed the economy is growing at a surprisingly quick pace, but another found consumers are feeling less upbeat. The Commerce Department said the economy grew by 2.9 percent in this year's third quarter. That's a very solid expansion — the fastest pace in two years. It exceeded the 2.5 percent rate most economists had been forecasting. So the upswing in gross domestic product , the widest measure of economic activity,...

This past week brought so many strange and depressing political stories that you may not have had time to read business news. So let's catch up. Here are three business-news stories you might find interesting: Family, Food And Football Beat Out Shopping Here's a turkey of an idea: Urge Americans to gobble down Thanksgiving meals and then rush to the mall. Now at last, some retailers are retreating from the notion that consumers want to abandon food, family, friends and football on...

After last month's televised congressional hearings , Wells Fargo's top executive, John Stumpf, had become the face of the company's sham-accounts scandal. He retired Wednesday. Stumpf's downfall was the latest twist in a strange, yearlong tale about huge corporations taking their sterling reputations, tarnishing them and then frantically trying to restore luster. Experts say undoing the harm won't be easy; great reputations can take decades to build. And back in September 2015, each of these...

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday rolled out a new tax break that, if enacted, would put more money into the pockets of working parents with very young children. The Democratic presidential candidate said she would push for a doubling of the current $1,000 tax credit for children ages 4 and under. An estimated 15 million children would be eligible. The new help would come in the form of a tax credit, which cuts the amount of federal taxes owed dollar for dollar. Translation: If you owe $3,000 in...

When the Labor Department announces the September job-creation numbers on Friday, presidential candidates will pounce, hoping to find data to support their talking points on the economy. For the last three months, the numbers have been favoring the incumbent Democratic Party. Candidate Hillary Clinton could point to a steady, low unemployment rate of 4.9 percent and average growth of 232,000 jobs per month , a robust pace. But the September numbers might show the economy is slowing – giving...

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