Motoko Rich

New York Times reporter covering publishing world

Motoko Rich appears in the following:

Testing Universal Pre-K

Monday, February 18, 2013

Motoko RichNew York Times education reporter, talks about the debate over universal Pre-K -- one of the proposals in the president's State of the Union.

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Young Latino Readers Search for Themselves in Books

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Latino students now make up almost 25 percent of the country's public school population. But despite their numbers, young Latino readers still aren't seeing themselves in the books they read while at school. It's an issue that Motoko Rich has written about. She reports on education for our partner, The New York Times.

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The Costs of Retiring Early

Monday, June 11, 2012

Grappling with months or even years of unemployment, some older Americans are tapping into the one safety net that's meant not to be tapped into: social security. Motoko Rich, national economics reporter for our partner The New York Times, recently profiled 62-year-old Palm Springs resident Clare Keany. Clare lost her job in 2008 and never found a full-time replacement. 


The Agenda: Economic Reports and Their Impact on the Campaigns

Monday, June 04, 2012

Motoko Rich and Todd Zwillich discuss what's in store for the week ahead. On the list: several reports on economic indices, the campaigns' reactions to last week's poor job figures, the fate of Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker, and presidential fundraising in New York City.

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The Middling Economic Recovery and the Road to the Presidential Election

Friday, April 27, 2012

It’s been a week of mixed economic news. Gas prices are down; jobless claims are up; pending housing sales are up. While it's been hard to put a finger on whether the recovery is progressing or stumbling, it is clear that as presidential campaigning pushes into full swing, talk about the economy will only grow heated. This may particularly be the case in the 14 states expected to be "swing states" this election: job growth in swing states has been well below the national average for job growth around the rest of the US this past year, and that could be a major cause for concern for President Obama come this November. Motoko Rich, economics reporter for our partner The New York Times explains the latest economic numbers, and what to look for in the months ahead.

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How Hard Will a Government Shutdown Hurt the Economy?

Friday, April 08, 2011

With less than a day before the current stopgap budget bill runs out, President Obama met with Congressional leaders to try to prevent a government shutdown. But politicians are not just worried about the fallout a shutdown could have for their 2012 campaign. There is also a worry about the economic ramifications, which would ripple down from Capital Hill to Wall Street and, ultimately, Main Street.

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Get Ready Consumers: Prices are on the Rise

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Consumer spending has been up since Christmas but that may change soon. Prices for everything from a new t-shirt to a new dishwasher are expected to go up. This comes on the backs of increases in commodities; prices for cotton, copper, corn are hitting the highest levels in years.

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Sarah Palin Goes Rogue, Hits Bestseller Lists

Friday, October 02, 2009

Sarah Palin now stands victorious over a sinister array of dark conspiracies. We’re not talking about the media or liberals, though: Palin’s win is over best-selling author Dan Brown. Her still-unreleased memoir is now number one online. "Going Rogue: An American Life" sits atop the best-seller lists at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Motoko Rich covers the book business for The New York Times, and she tells us how important this is in the publishing world.

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Publishing Books at Internet Speed

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

As more news stories get reported and updated multiple times a day online, they've made once-daily newspaper deadlines seem quaint. Book publishing, however, is still back in the Dark Ages when it comes to turning around publications quickly. Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorker and current editor of The Daily Beast, wants to change that by publishing books in electronic and print form in a fraction of the current time it currently takes. We speak to New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who wrote about this in today's New York Times: "Daily Beast Seeks to Publish Faster."

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Is Dan Brown the Savior of the Publishing World?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

After four years of delay, next Tuesday will see the release of the book "The Lost Symbol," writer Dan Brown's much anticipated follow-up to the "Da Vinci Code." The novel will continue the main story of character Robert Langdon and once again he'll be solving a mystery steeped in art and history this time [SPOILER ALERT!] in Washington, D.C. We speak to Motoko Rich, who covers publishing for our partner the New York Times, about how the release of this book is being seen as a make-or-break moment for the publishing industry during an economic recession.

You can read Motoko Rich's story, "Booksellers anticipate a big week," in the Times.


Writing (another) Book on Madoff

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

While newspapers and magazines have lined their pages with details of Bernie Madoff's deceit, the literary world is still trying to cash in on the embezzlement drama. The sixth book on the life and times of the convicted Ponzi schemer hits bookstores today.

The book was penned by Sheryl Weinstein, former CEO of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, and one of Madoff’s investors. We speak to Motoko Rich, who covers the publishing industry for The New York Times, along with author and journalist Erin Arvedlund, whose book “Too Good to be True: The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff” just came out this month.


Remembering the Author of "Angela's Ashes"

Monday, July 20, 2009

Irish Author Frank McCourt died yesterday of cancer in New York City. He was 78. McCourt was best known for his book "Angela's Ashes," a memoir about his impoverished Irish childhood, which sold 4-million hardcover copies. The memoir was published in 1996 and won a Pulitzer Prize. Joining us to talk more about McCourt's influence is New York Times reporter Motoko Rich, who covers the publishing world.


Deciding the Post-War Fiction Canon

Monday, November 19, 2007

Reading and Tests (89106) Motoko Rich, cultural reporter for the New York Times,, looks at how low reading rates among students will bring test scores down.
Then, Maura Spiegel, associate professor at Columbia and Barnard and Ross Posnock, professor of American Literature at Columbia University and author of ...

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