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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6:35am

Tue August 12, 2014
Business

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:42 am

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5:26am

Thu August 7, 2014
Business

Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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Next we'll explore a contradiction at General Motors. GM has had a terrible year in the news. In recent years, in fact, the company has recalled more cars than it has made.

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4:11pm

Mon July 28, 2014
Business

A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:27 am

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4:27pm

Thu July 17, 2014
Business

Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 8:40 pm

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At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.

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6:18am

Wed July 9, 2014
Business

Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:01 am

Automakers recalled 37.5 million vehicles in the first six months of 2014. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year. GM led the way but other companies also picked up the pace.

4:34pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Business

It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:20 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. It's the year of recalls in the auto industry, especially for General Motors. This week GM announced another slew of them, bringing its total to 54 recalls this year. Other automakers are also recalling more vehicles, but it's at GM where the pace is so fast, that it's hard to keep track. But NPR's Sonari Glinton is keeping track and he now joins us to talk about how the company is handling all of these recalls. Hi, Sonari.

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4:17pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Business

In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

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10:37am

Sun June 29, 2014
Media

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 3:16 pm

Boyfriends, or roommates? Decades ago, commercials like this 1997 Volkswagen Golf ad left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly advertisers don't feel the need to be covert.
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4:44pm

Thu June 26, 2014
Business

To Get Their Cars In Films, Automakers Turn To A Movie Motor Wrangler

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

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It's summer car buying season and movie blockbuster season. And here's where these two things merge. "Transformers Age Of Extinction" premieres this week. It's an example of how automakers use movies to market cars. Once upon a time, say, when Mustang convertibles ruled the road, car companies didn't have to do that. Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.

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3:39am

Mon June 23, 2014
Business

As Carmakers Recall Vehicles, Dealers Might Make A Profit

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 5:20 am

Chevrolet dealerships like this one might actually benefit from General Motors' recall of millions of cars — as long as customers don't have to wait too long for their repairs.
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The auto industry is cruising toward a record number of safety recalls: GM has recalled 20 million vehicles in the first six months of this year, and most carmakers have lowered the bar for the kind of problems that'll have them sending you back to your local dealers.

But while that sounds like bad news, it turns out that recalls can have an upside — at least for car dealers.

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