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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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 10:10 am

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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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4:31pm

Mon June 15, 2015
Business

Judge Rules In Favor Of AIG In Bailout Case, But Offers No Damages

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 7:20 pm

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5:03am

Wed June 10, 2015
All Tech Considered

Businesses Are Hanging Up On Voice Mail To Dial In Productivity

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 9:58 am

That little red "message" light may not be as ubiquitous in offices as it used to be.
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A few short years after voice mail was developed in the late 1970s, it quickly became an essential business tool.

But in the past few years, its use has been in decline. And some offices have opted to get rid of it altogether.

After JPMorgan Chase said last week it was canceling voice mail for most of its employees, I sent the bank's public relations department an email.

A bit later, there was that familiar red light on my desk phone:

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7:06am

Fri June 5, 2015
Economy

Hiring Ticks Up In May — But Unemployment Rate Does, Too

Originally published on Fri June 5, 2015 10:27 am

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5:28pm

Fri May 29, 2015
Shots - Health News

When Are Employee Wellness Incentives No Longer Voluntary?

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 6:49 pm

There are legal questions about how far employers can go to encourage participation in wellness programs.
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Scotts Miracle-Gro makes products for the care and health of lawns. The Marysville, Ohio, company says it wants to nurture its 8,000 employees the same way.

"It's very much of a family culture here," says Jim King, a spokesman for the Scotts company, which offers discounted prescriptions, annual health screenings and some free medical care.

In states where it's legal, the company refuses to hire people who smoke.

"We've been screening for tobacco use for about a decade," King says. "We no longer employ tobacco users."

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3:24am

Wed May 20, 2015
All Tech Considered

How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:09 pm

A view of the central area of Atlassian's office in San Francisco. The software company found that desks were used only 20 percent of the workday — half as much as conference rooms were used.
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The loftlike San Francisco office of software maker Atlassian has an open central amphitheater, where all-staff gatherings and midday boot camp exercises are held.

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4:31pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Business

McDonald's Plans To Rebrand Itself As A 'Progressive Burger Company'

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:02 am

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