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Adrian Ma

Reporter and Producer, The Indicator from Planet Money

Adrian Ma covers work, money and other "business-ish" for NPR's daily economics podcast The Indicator from Planet Money.

His reporting has garnered national honors including a National Edward R. Murrow Award, a Gracie Award and a Public Media Journalists Association Award. Before joining NPR in 2021, he covered the business beat for member stations WBUR in Boston and WCPN in Cleveland.

He's reported on what it's like to deliver groceries during an outbreak, captured the final hours of a tiny cafe, and traveled to China to unpack how the trade war crushed a growing market for U.S. cranberries. He's also covered protests for racial justice, explored what it's like to drive for Amazon, and documented the curious ritual that is 'speed dating for economists.'

His interest in journalism began while studying media law at the University of Maryland School of Law. Later, while working for a judge in Baltimore, he decided to "roll the dice" and change careers. After obtaining a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, his first news job was as an assistant producer at WNYC in New York.

Some years ago, he worked as a prep cook in a ramen shop.

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Revenge of the venture capitalists

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Cheese wars

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Indicators to watch in 2022

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Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard

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TikTok made me buy it

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Conditions that are causing burnout among nurses were a problem before the pandemic

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Johnson & Johnson tests a legal maneuver known as the Texas Two-Step

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Nurses and the never-ending shifts

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The Beigie Awards: Great (inflation) expectations

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The semiconductor founding father

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Cells for sale

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Powell pivots, COVID spikes

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