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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4:30pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Business

Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing?

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 9:41 am

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7:01pm

Fri October 24, 2014
Business

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 8:09 pm

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers.
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Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a massive recall this week affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas.

At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars.

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5:21am

Thu October 23, 2014
Business

What The New Factory Worker Should Know

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 8:15 am

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6:26pm

Fri October 17, 2014
Business

As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 7:25 pm

Sales of traditional hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars are down about 5 percent in 2014 — while truck and SUV sales have jumped.
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The recent drop in gas prices may be good for consumers, but it's not such good news for hybrid car sales.

Even before gas prices started to slide, hybrid sales were falling — all while sales of trucks, SUVs and luxury sedans have been on the rise.

That relationship between gas prices and sales is "rather remarkable," says John Krafcik, president of the website TrueCar. "During months when gas prices are low, less fuel-efficient cars tend to take a greater share of the market and vice versa. It's a fairly one-to-one relationship."

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6:33am

Fri October 3, 2014
Business

JPMorgan Chase Data Breach Exposes Millions Of Households

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 7:36 am

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4:27pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Business

Cadillac Packs Its Bags And Heads To New York City

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 11:12 am

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After more than 112 years, Cadillac is looking at Detroit in its rearview mirror. GM's luxury division is moving its headquarters to Manhattan.

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5:06am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyberattacks Continue

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 10:18 am

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5:20am

Thu September 4, 2014
Business

Nevada Likely To Become Home To Tesla's Battery Factory

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 7:43 am

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6:43am

Wed August 20, 2014
Business

Malls Find New Ways To Draw Shoppers

Originally published on Wed August 20, 2014 11:52 am

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Kelly, you grew up in the '80s like I did. You went to the mall a lot, right?

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Yeah, what else are you going to do when you're 13?

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4:09pm

Fri August 15, 2014
Business

In The Obituary For A Boxy Van, A Word On What's To Come

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 8:02 pm

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