A couple of years ago, I made a hard-left turn from law into journalism. Since switching careers, I've reported on why the Chinese sunk money into American softball, why risky land contracts came back after the housing bubble, and how anxiety over shootings is feeding the school security industry. I've also explored how a small Ohio dairy became a Japanese retail giant and crashed the three-day marathon known as the econ job market. 

Currently, I'm a reporter at WCPN/ideastream, where I cover business, work, and the regional economy (and things tangentiality related). As the station's primary Marketplace Hub reporter, I regularly contribute to American Public Media’s Marketplace. Previously, I was a producer at WNYC News. My work has also aired on NPR's Planet Money.

In 2019, the story I reported on Cleveland’s American/Chinese softball team won a national Gracie Award in the local public radio category and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in the sports reporting category.

In 2017, I was designated an AIR New Voice Scholar, an honor highlighting emerging talent in public media.

In 2016, I graduated with honors from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Some years before that, I worked in a ramen shop.

I have a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, and have worked as a law clerk for the Baltimore Public Defender, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore City Circuit Court, and the U.S. District Court for Maryland. 

Email: Adrian.J.Ma@gmail.com