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.

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.

Two of the nation's top newspapers on Thursday evening separately reached the same decision: They had to address diversity and equity in their newsrooms and their coverage.

In separate memos to staff, each outlined initiatives to address an issue that has roiled their newsrooms, as it has many others and many other institutions throughout society.

Jerome Powell has thrown himself, all guns blazing, into saving the nation's economy from the grips of the coronavirus recession.

And yet the White House heaps ridicule on him.

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.

Bailout is a dirty word.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bailout as "a rescue from financial distress."

So it is accurate to call the $1 trillion-plus package being debated in Congress a bailout.

But let's not call it that this time.

Humiliation. In China, it is a word laden with history and identity that is playing a role in the high-stakes trade war between the U.S. and China.

This month, I was visiting China with a small group of journalists for 10 days, and the word "humiliation" came up over and over again in conversations both public and private, in meetings with top government officials, university scholars, think tankers and corporate executives.

A top Huawei executive said Tuesday that the company is willing to sign a "no-spy agreement" with the United States to reassure U.S. leaders who say the company's technology could be used for surveillance.

The offer is similar to proposals the Chinese tech giant has made to the United Kingdom and Germany, and it comes after weeks of intense pressure from the Trump administration.

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.

China's Vice President Wang Qishan likes parables.

He offers tales from ancient China when he wants to make a point.

I discovered that last week at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, where Wang spoke and I listened intently on the translation headsets provided by the forum.

A new president is elected. Within days of being sworn in, he pulls his country out of a U.N. migration pact. His path to power has been pockmarked by disparaging comments about women, including a congresswoman. His preferred choice for top posts are members of the armed forces.

Davos is where world leaders preen and articulate grand visions in a glamorous setting that beckons with powdery snow and shiny klieg lights. The annual meeting, high in the Swiss Alps, is the ultimate gathering of the global elite.