Reporter | Retail merchandise

Kavita Kumar writes about the economy, technology, and financial services for the Star Tribune. She previously covered retail, including Target, Best Buy, and Mall of America. She was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in economics and business journalism at Columbia University from 2018-2019 and has also worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


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