Jason Margolis


I focus primarily on stories about global business and economics, but have also covered topics including US foreign policy and politics, climate change, agriculture, and immigration reform. I began working at The World full time back in 2006. Since then, I’ve reported from more than 20 countries and 30 US states, including the top of a rickety tower 150 feet above the Panamanian jungle, an abandoned Ukrainian town near Chernobyl, and shops and restaurants along the Texas-Mexico border. I feel quite lucky that this is my job.

I’ve also been a reporter with KQED Public Radio in its Sacramento bureau, The Seattle Times newspaper, MarketWatch in San Francisco, and NPR’s business desk. I have a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA.

During the 2014-15 academic year, I was selected as a Knight-Wallace fellow at the University of Michigan where I joined a small group of domestic and international journalists to take a year of study. I focused my learning on climate change policies and science, as well as business sustainability practices and urban planning. I also took two screenwriting classes, learned to ice skate and ran my first marathon in Detroit.

I’ve won a few awards along the way, including being recognized three times by the Society of Environmental Journalism for “outstanding reporting.” I was also a finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists and am the recipient of multiple reporting awards from Northern California journalism associations. 

Throughout my travels, my favorite place remains the Sierra Nevada Mountains in my native Northern California, but Sydney, Australia and the islands of the Philippines rank pretty high too. Sweden isn't bad either. I now live in Boston with my wife and two children. I firmly believe it’s possible to support both the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants without any conflicts of interest.

Recent Stories


The downside of biofuels

Washington has touted the increased use of biofuels, such as ethanol, as a way to reduce carbon emissions, but a study published today suggesting boosting the use of biofuels also poses some environmental hazards, as The World's Jason Margolis explains.

Candidates on climate change

The World's Jason Margolis sorts out what Democrat and Republican presidential candidates are saying about climate change and what they promise to do about it.

The global spread of supermarkets

The World's Jason Margolis reports on the global spread of supermarkets, as in recent decades, supermarkets have become much more common in some developing countries than they used to be

The end of the plastic bag?

The plastic shopping bag is a major shopping convenience, but it's also a major environmental blight, and some countries, like Australia and China, plan to phase out the use of the bags completely

Harvesting water from rooftops

The World's Jason Margolis reports that in many parts of the globe where water is scarce, people are boosting their supply by harvesting rainwater from their rooftops