Sonari Glinton

Sonari Glinton is a NPR Business Desk reporter based at our NPR West bureau. He covers the auto industry, consumer goods and consumer behavior, as well as marketing and advertising.

In this position, which he has held since late 2010, Glinton has tackled big stories including GM's road back to profitability and Toyota's continuing struggles. Glinton has traveled throughout the Midwest covering important stories such as the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, and the 2012 presidential race. He has also covered the U.S. Senate and House for NPR.

Glinton came to NPR in August 2007 and worked as a producer for All Things Considered. During that time he produced interviews with everyone from UN Ambassador Susan Rice to Joan Rivers. The highlight for Glinton came when he produced Robert Siegel's 50 Great Voices piece on Nat King Cole.

Glinton began his public radio career as an intern at member station WBEZ in Chicago. He went on to produce and report for WBEZ. While in Chicago he focused on juvenile justice and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. Prior to journalism Glinton had a career in finance.

Glinton attended Boston University.

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Economy
4:22 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Don't Feel Guilty β€” The Holidays Are A 'Macroeconomic Cheat Day'

Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 5:39 pm

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Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season.

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What do you mean? Wait a second. Wait a second. I'm pretty sure it starts right now.

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Business
3:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Be Tough For Auto Industry To Weather

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:16 pm

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Around the Nation
3:29 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard β€” or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 4:30 pm

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck β€” the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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Economy
3:32 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Beyond The Unemployment Rate: Look At These 5 Labor Indicators

Job hunters line up for interviews at an employment fair in New York City. The unemployment rate tells only a partial story about the U.S. labor market.
Mark Lennihan AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 7:11 pm

The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since July 2008 β€” to 5.8 percent β€” the Labor Department said Friday. And October marks the ninth month in a row that job growth has exceeded 200,000.

But if you ask Americans about the economy, they're still mostly not impressed.

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Business
6:01 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

The 2002 Honda CR-V is one of dozens of car models subject to a recall for faulty air bags. The air bag manufacturer, Takata, supplies bags for more than 30 percent of all cars and is one of only three large air bag suppliers.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety AP

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 7:09 pm

Most auto recalls usually involve one carmaker at a time, but a massive recall this week affects not just one, but 10, ranging from BMWs to Toyotas.

At the center of it is Takata, a little-known but extremely important auto parts maker. The company makes more than one-third of the air bags in all cars.

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Business
4:30 am
Thu October 23, 2014

What The New Factory Worker Should Know

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:15 am

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Business
5:26 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

As Gas Prices Drop, Hybrid Sales Shift Into Low Gear

Sales of traditional hybrids, plug-ins and all-electric cars are down about 5 percent in 2014 β€” while truck and SUV sales have jumped.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun October 19, 2014 6:25 pm

The recent drop in gas prices may be good for consumers, but it's not such good news for hybrid car sales.

Even before gas prices started to slide, hybrid sales were falling β€” all while sales of trucks, SUVs and luxury sedans have been on the rise.

That relationship between gas prices and sales is "rather remarkable," says John Krafcik, president of the website TrueCar. "During months when gas prices are low, less fuel-efficient cars tend to take a greater share of the market and vice versa. It's a fairly one-to-one relationship."

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Business
3:27 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Cadillac Packs Its Bags And Heads To New York City

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 10:12 am

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After more than 112 years, Cadillac is looking at Detroit in its rearview mirror. GM's luxury division is moving its headquarters to Manhattan.

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Business
4:51 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Retailers' Customers Cautioned As Cyberattacks Continue

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 9:18 am

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Business
3:09 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

In The Obituary For A Boxy Van, A Word On What's To Come

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:02 pm

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