Marielle Segarra, most recently of “Marketplace,” will be the first regular host of “Life Kit” starting this week.
Andee Tagle, currently an associate producer on the show, will join Segarra in the newly created role of reporter-producer.
“What I love about ‘Life Kit’ is that it’s honest and vulnerable,” said Segarra in a statement. “Each episode feels like a kindness. The hosts are telling you: look, you’re not alone, and we’ve taken the time to figure out how to help you. Basically: we’ve got your back.
At “Marketplace,” Segarra helped people understand how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives. Over the years, she reported stories on Amazon’s counterfeit problem, the lack of paid family leave in the U.S., the origin story of the song of the summer, the role of makeup during a pandemic, and the jarring experience of returning to an office in August 2020.
And as a podcast host, she talked about U.S. refugee policy, green energy, the war in Ukraine, the movie Encanto, cauliflower smoothies, hairless cats, inflation, mental health, honoring her ancestors, sea glass hunting in Puerto Rico, and a lot more.
Before “Marketplace,” Segarra worked at WHYY in Philadelphia. She has also taught audio journalism at Columbia University, and she coaches reporters and producers on how to write and deliver scripts that sound like them.