Yuki Noguchi is a correspondent on the Science Desk based out of NPR's headquarters in Washington, D.C. She started covering consumer health in the midst of the pandemic, reporting on everything from vaccination and racial inequities in access to health, to cancer care, obesity and mental health.
Since joining NPR in 2008, Noguchi has also covered a range of business and economic news, with a special focus on the workplace — anything that affects how and why we work. In recent years, she has covered the rise of the contract workforce, the #MeToo movement, the Great Recession and the subprime housing crisis. In 2011, she covered the earthquake and tsunami in her parents' native Japan. Her coverage of the impact of opioids on workers and their families won a 2019 Gracie Award and received First Place and Best In Show in the radio category from the National Headliner Awards. She also loves featuring offbeat topics, and has eaten insects in service of journalism.
Noguchi started her career as a reporter, then an editor, for The Washington Post.
Noguchi grew up in St. Louis, inflicts her cooking on her two boys and has a degree in history from Yale.
The rate at which foreclosures are processed varies widely depending on the state. In New York, for example, it's taking about three years on average, compared with three months in Texas. The difference often has to do with whether courts are overseeing the process.
Optimism is growing about the U.S. jobs market. Hiring is up, with most of the new jobs coming from small and medium-sized businesses. But some small-business owners say the changes they've made in recent years are making the need for manpower less urgent.
It's not just people who have to worry about identity theft. Businesses are also vulnerable, and there are a lot of schemers out there, some of them quite clever.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that last year, banks made $15 billion to $22 billion from the overdrawn-account fees they charge customers. The agency is seeking data from banks so it can help customers avoid such charges. But any changes could lead banks to raise other fees.
More Americans are working later into their lives, either because they want to or because they have to. For older people who are looking for work, age discrimination is a major barrier. But proving bias can be difficult.