Erika Beras Erika Beras is a reporter and host for NPR's Planet Money podcast.
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Erika Beras

Host and Reporter, Planet Money

Erika Beras (she/her) is a reporter and host for NPR's Planet Money podcast.

Prior to joining the team in 2021 she spent four years as a reporter at Marketplace.

As a freelancer, she was a regular contributor to Scientific American podcasts and filed stories for NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Latino USA. She also contributed to PRI's The World, the BBC and Monocle 24 Radio and wrote stories for National Geographic and NewYorker.com.

Before that, she spent a decade as a staff reporter for NPR Member station WESA and at The Miami Herald.

Her reporting has taken her places as varied as The Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland and Erie, Pennsylvania.

She has been awarded grants, fellowships and awards from Radio Television Digital News Association, National Association of Science Writers, The International Center for Journalists, the International Women's Media Foundation, The Center for Health Reporting, The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Third Coast International Audio Festival and others.

Beras is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. A native Spanish speaker, she grew up in New York City and lives in Pittsburgh.

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Big ports are congested, so smaller ports are ramping up their operations

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The 2 largest ports in the U.S. are making progress clearing their cargo

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Of boats and boxes

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Afghanistan's economy is in trouble after the Taliban took control

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Workers count banknotes of various currencies at the headquarters of the Da Afghanistan Bank, Afghanistan's central bank, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. (Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images) Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Afghanistan's Money Problem

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The Lost Archives of Sadie Alexander

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Three Reasons for the Housing Shortage

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What Are Noncompete Clauses? Why Biden Wants To Limit Their Usage

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Of Memestocks and Milk Bags

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AMC Flipped What Could Have Been A Faddish Blip Into A Substantial Financial Boost

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Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. Here he is in period costume at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate. Erika Beras for NPR hide caption

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This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

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PHOTOS: Giving Ex-Child Soldiers A Chance To Be Kids Again

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With the help of her aspiring young artists, Vanessa German has transformed a house in Pittsburgh's Homewood neighborhood into a work of art. Erika Beras hide caption

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Young Artists Find Home And Healing At Pittsburgh Art House

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