Sonari Glinton

Sonari Glinton is a NPR Business Desk reporter based at our NPR West bureau. He covers the auto industry, consumer goods and consumer behavior, as well as marketing and advertising.

In this position, which he has held since late 2010, Glinton has tackled big stories including GM's road back to profitability and Toyota's continuing struggles. Glinton has traveled throughout the Midwest covering important stories such as the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and the 2012 presidential race. He has also covered the U.S. Senate and House for NPR.

Glinton came to NPR in August 2007 and worked as a producer for All Things Considered. During that time he produced interviews with everyone from UN Ambassador Susan Rice to Joan Rivers. The highlight for Glinton came when he produced Robert Siegel's 50 Great Voices piece on Nat King Cole.

Glinton began his public radio career as an intern at member station WBEZ in Chicago. He went on to produce and report for WBEZ. While in Chicago he focused on juvenile justice and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Prior to journalism Glinton had a career in finance.

Glinton attended Boston University.

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5:03am

Fri June 19, 2015
Business

How A Tax On Chicken Changed The Playing Field For U.S. Automakers

Originally published on Fri June 19, 2015 8:18 am

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6:51am

Mon June 15, 2015
Planet Money

How An African-American Ad Man Changed The Face Of Advertising

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 10:42 pm

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Here is an idea that took advertisers decades and decades to realize.

TOM BURRELL: Black people are not dark-skinned white people.

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7:51am

Sun April 26, 2015
Business

Detroit Bulks Up With New Classic Muscle Cars

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 10:47 am

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5:06am

Thu April 16, 2015
Around the Nation

In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps Greens Green

Originally published on Sat April 18, 2015 12:17 pm

A bio-filtration basin, pictured during installation in 2007, captures water runoff from the Pelican Hill golf club's maintenance facility. The water is filtered through grass, gravel, sand, soil and filter fabric into an underground drainage system.
Pelican Hill

In drought-stricken California, golf is often seen as a bad guy — it can be hard to defend watering acres of grass for fun when residents are being ordered to cut their usage and farmers are draining their wells.

But golf is a $6 billion industry in the state and employs nearly 130,000 workers, according to the California Golf Course Owners Association. So while the greens are staying green, some golf courses are saving every drop of water they can.

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4:23pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Economy

Increase In Subprime Car Loans Could Lead To Trouble

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 6:38 pm

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4:56pm

Wed February 18, 2015
Business

From Jobs To Car Parts, Port Dispute Rippling Through The Economy

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 6:59 pm

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6:16pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Business

What Fluctuations In Currency Mean For Car Interiors

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 10:07 am

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5:33am

Thu January 29, 2015
Business

After Weak Earnings, McDonald's CEO Steps Down

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 1:20 am

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4:32pm

Fri January 16, 2015
Business

Concept Cars, Once Outlandish, Now Vital To Auto Industry's Future

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 8:14 pm

Guests look over the Honda FCV fuel-cell-powered concept car during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
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Concept cars tell us much more about the current state of the auto industry than the future of it.

Showcasing the latest in styling and technology, concept cars have been virtually absent from auto shows for the past few years, but now they're back with a vengeance.

The concept cars at the Detroit auto show this year look pretty normal, but Bill Visnic of Edmunds.com says it wasn't that long ago that concept cars were just plain wack.

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5:16am

Fri January 16, 2015
Business

How Cars Evolved Over The Last Decade

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:33 am

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If you go for a drive this morning, look around at the other cars. The average car on American streets is more than a decade old. A lot of people put off new purchases during the recession and are just now getting back to buying.

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