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Pallavi Gogoi

As head of NPR's business desk, Pallavi Gogoi leads the network's coverage of the most essential financial, economic, technology and media stories of the day.

Gogoi's mission is to bring a deeper understanding of the policies and actions of business and government and their impact on the everyday lives of people, the economy and the world.

Under her leadership, NPR's business reporters have cast a spotlight on current events shaping the country and society – from the intense scrutiny on Silicon Valley and the fight for and against free speech, the messaging from the White House and what that means for democracy, the #Metoo movement and its effect on working Americans, and the emotional and financial toll on families at the center of the opioid crisis.

Her interest in examining the tectonic shifts taking place in the American workforce led her to spearhead a poll asking basic questions about people's working life. The results were startling – they showed that while jobs are plentiful, they are increasingly unstable for many Americans who receive fewer benefits, work with less permanency, and earn uneven pay from month to month. A week-long NPR series examined the rise of the contract workforce in America.

She led her team to survey and understand the online shopping habits of the nation, the immense influence exerted by Amazon on the decisions we make when we buy, including when we search for what we buy.

Her focus has been on exclusivity, originality, and high impact powerful storytelling.

Before joining NPR in 2017, Gogoi was a Senior Editor at CNN Money, where she oversaw a team covering business news, markets, and the economy. Prior to that, she was a National Business Correspondent at the Associated Press, where her work on mortgage robo-signing was the subject of a Senate hearing. At USA Today, she covered the financial crisis and bank bailouts. At Business Week, she wrote high impact stories that led to changes at Walmart, Edelman, and The Washington Post.

Gogoi grew up in Shillong, a small town nestled in the mountains of Northeast India. She graduated from Delhi University, with a master's degree in English Literature from Hindu College, and a bachelor's degree from SGTB Khalsa College. She is fluent in five languages.

Women are seeing the fabric of their lives unravel during the pandemic. Nowhere is that more visible than on the job.

In September, an eye-popping 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce — four times more than men.

The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on households, and women are bearing the brunt of it. Not only have they lost the most jobs from the beginning of the pandemic, but they are exhausted from the demands of child care and housework — and many are now seeing no path ahead but to quit working.

Stay out.

It's what people are being asked to tell each other. Less than 10 days ago, London banned people who live in different households from meeting each other indoors, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

"Nobody wants to see more restrictions, but this is deemed to be necessary in order to protect Londoners' lives," London Mayor Sadiq Khan told the London Assembly.

Lately, Zoom meetings have been hitting a nerve with CEOs.

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon says there's no vital "creative combustion" happening in virtual settings.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker finds Zoom meetings awful.

On the face of it, $600 is a pretty unremarkable number.

The federal government has been paying this additional amount each week to every person who qualifies for unemployment benefits during the pandemic.

It was just a few months ago when things were looking up for Latinos. Wages were rising and unemployment had hit a record low.

Trish Pugh started an Ohio trucking company with her husband in 2015. Even for a small business, it's small — they had two drivers, counting her husband, until they let one go because of the coronavirus crisis.

And so her company applied for a loan under the first, $349 billion round of the Paycheck Protection Program, which the federal government had set up to rescue small businesses.

It didn't go well.

Two days after President Trump instituted a ban on travelers from Europe, our daughter Rhea was on a flight home from Madrid.

Her college study abroad program had come to an abrupt end. At the airport, she was surprised and annoyed I wouldn't give her the usual tight hug and kiss. I was awkwardly practicing social distancing with my firstborn.

And when we pulled up to our porch, my husband was waiting with a mask and gloves, hand sanitizer, and a disinfecting spray for her luggage. She started laughing incredulously: "Wait, what?"

These are prosperous times in America. The country is plump with jobs. Out of every 100 people who want to work, more than 96 of them have jobs. This is what economists consider full employment.

The economy has grown for almost 10 years, making it one of the longest economic expansions in U.S. history. And over that time, the job market has come back. It grew slowly at first, then steadily, finally reaching a point at which there are many more openings than job seekers.