Sally Helm

Sally Helm is a producer at Planet Money. She has produced stories about the battles in Congress and reparations for slavery. She has reported stories about Islamic Finance in Michigan and the mystery of declining productivity growth. (She also once visited the offices of the satirical feminist website Reductress, and talked to a guy who wants to drive around the United States in a tango bus). Sally is a graduate of the Transom Story Workshop and of Yale University. Before coming to work at NPR, she helped start an after school creative writing program in Sitka, Alaska. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA.

Two years ago, one of the biggest companies in the world bought a failing hotel in a tiny rural hamlet in upstate New York. That made Planet Money reporter Noel King, curious. She grew up in the town and worked at the hotel as a teenager. Why, she wondered, would a multi-billion-dollar Chinese company invest in her hometown?