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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5:20 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Nevada Likely To Become Home To Tesla's Battery Factory

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 7:43 am

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4:09 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 8:02 pm

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6:37 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 7:42 am

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5:26 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 8:09 am

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Next we'll explore a contradiction at General Motors. GM has had a terrible year in the news. In recent years, in fact, the company has recalled more cars than it has made.

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5:05 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 7:27 am

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6:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:01 am

Automakers recalled 37.5 million vehicles in the first six months of 2014. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year. GM led the way but other companies also picked up the pace.

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4:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:20 pm

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And I'm Robert Siegel. It's the year of recalls in the auto industry, especially for General Motors. This week GM announced another slew of them, bringing its total to 54 recalls this year. Other automakers are also recalling more vehicles, but it's at GM where the pace is so fast, that it's hard to keep track. But NPR's Sonari Glinton is keeping track and he now joins us to talk about how the company is handling all of these recalls. Hi, Sonari.

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4:17 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

In GM's Payout Plan, End Of The Road Is A Long Way Off

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 7:01 pm

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10:54 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Boyfriends, or roommates? Decades ago, commercials like this 1997 Volkswagen Golf ad left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly advertisers don't feel the need to be covert.
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4:20 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

To Get Their Cars In Films, Automakers Turn To A Movie Motor Wrangler

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 7:10 pm

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It's summer car buying season and movie blockbuster season. And here's where these two things merge. "Transformers Age Of Extinction" premieres this week. It's an example of how automakers use movies to market cars. Once upon a time, say, when Mustang convertibles ruled the road, car companies didn't have to do that. Here's NPR's Sonari Glinton.

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