Yuki Noguchi

Yuki Noguchi is a correspondent on the Business Desk based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington D.C. Since joining NPR in 2008, she's covered business and economic news, and has a special interest in workplace issues — everything from abusive working environments, to the idiosyncratic cubicle culture. In recent years she has covered the housing market meltdown, unemployment during the Great Recession, and covered the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan in 2011. As in her personal life, however, her coverage interests are wide-ranging, and have included things like entomophagy and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Prior to joining NPR, Yuki started her career as a reporter for The Washington Post. She reported on stories mostly about business and technology, and later became an editor.

Yuki grew up with a younger brother speaking her parents' native Japanese at home. She has a degree in history from Yale.

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5:14pm

Wed July 29, 2015
Your Money

From The Silents To Millennials, Debt Burdens Span The Generations

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:57 pm

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For most of us, debt is a big part of life. According to a new study by Pew Charitable Trusts, 80 percent of Americans have some form of debt — from student loans to credit card balances.

There are many among the so-called silent generation, those born before World War II, who are still paying off mortgages and credit cards.

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5:19pm

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Toshiba CEO, Board Members Resign Amid Accounting Scandal

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 1:32 am

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3:33am

Tue July 21, 2015
Business

Zappos: A Workplace Where No One And Everyone Is The Boss

Originally published on Wed July 22, 2015 2:43 pm

Zappos.com tour guide Erika Newman (right) shows off the ball pit in the human resources department of the company's Las Vegas headquarters. Zappos eliminated managers and embraced a system of self-governance known as holacracy.
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Jacqui Gonzalez once spent an hour and a half on the phone helping a customer. The Zappos.com employee enjoys being generous with the online shoe retailer's money, sending gift baskets and thank-you cards to people whose complaints she has solved.

And mostly, she's grateful that she doesn't have a manager to consult in making those decisions.

"We don't have to put someone on hold and ask permission," says the former customer service agent, who is now a tour guide at the company. "We don't have a manager that you need to be transferred to. How refreshing is that?"

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5:22pm

Thu July 16, 2015
Business

Employee Or Contractor? New U.S. Guidelines Could Reclassify Workers

Originally published on Thu July 16, 2015 10:45 pm

Until this spring, California port truck driver Alex Paz was considered an independent contractor. He had paid for fuel and registration of a truck, but the truck itself was owned by the trucking company. Some months, after the company deducted his costs, he ended up owing the company money.

"I didn't feel like I was working for myself," he says.

Under pressure from Paz and the Teamsters Union, the company reclassified him as an employee.

"It's a lot better because now you get paid. You know you're an employee," Paz says.

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3:36am

Wed July 8, 2015
All Tech Considered

Amid New Overtime Rules, More Employers Might Set Email Curfew

Originally published on Tue July 21, 2015 3:20 pm

New federal rules could expand the number of employees eligible for overtime. That may lead more companies to curtail the use of work email after hours.
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The buzzing phone or ding of an email from the bedside table might be standard these days. But a long-awaited proposal that would increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay could mean more companies curtailing the use of work email after hours.

When Nicholas Castillo was hired as a bank branch manager several years ago, he was told his $30,000 salary came with expectations.

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5:52pm

Thu July 2, 2015
U.S.

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 7:22 pm

As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences.

Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick.

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4:15pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Business

Obama Proposes Expanding Overtime Pay To Nearly 5 Million Workers

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 7:14 pm

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6:43am

Thu June 25, 2015
Business

Business Groups Win After Senate Passes Fast-Track Trade Bill

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 1:49 pm

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5:17pm

Tue June 23, 2015
U.S.

State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 8:56 pm

A glitch in the State Department's visa system has affected people around the world. Many, including athletes, workers and students, have been unable to enter the United States.
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The State Department says it is working around the clock on a computer problem that's having widespread impact on travel into the U.S. The glitch has practically shut down the visa application process.

Of the 50,000 visa applications received every day, only a handful of emergency visas are getting issued.

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5:34pm

Tue June 16, 2015
Business

Gap Announces Closure Of 175 North American Stores

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:21 am

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