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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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.
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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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4:19 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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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 — while truck and SUV sales have jumped.
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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 — 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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5:33 am
Fri October 3, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Data Breach Exposes Millions Of Households

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 6:36 am

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It's customary in radio not to overload you with too many numbers. They get hard to follow and recall, so better to avoid a lot of little numbers and limit yourself to the really, strikingly large ones.

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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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4:06 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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4:20 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Nevada Likely To Become Home To Tesla's Battery Factory

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 6:43 am

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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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5:34 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Internet Sales Threaten Shopping Mall Culture

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 6:42 am

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4:26 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Buick Regal Competes With German Luxury Cars

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 7:09 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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3:09 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

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

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:27 am

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3:27 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 7:40 pm

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At a Senate hearing today, there were calls for General Motors top lawyer to step down. Recent media reports have made clear that company lawyers knew faulty ignition switches were causing fatal accidents. Despite that GM blocked internal efforts to issue a recall and they kept information from federal safety regulators. The ignition defect is responsible for at least 13 deaths and will cost GM billions of dollars. NPR's Sonari Glinton has the latest.

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5:18 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 7:01 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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3:34 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

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

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 6:20 pm

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From NPR News it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

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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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3:17 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 6:01 pm

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