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Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Harley Davidson is arguably one of the most iconic all-American brands: The company has spent decades crafting this brand as the symbol of the macho rebel, cowboy, and free spirit. But has the trademark of Harley Davidson become too successful? What happens when that image no longer resonates with customers?
This is the dilemma facing the motorcycle company today: Harley Davidson's larger-than-life, gas-guzzling motorcycles may symbolise "freedom" and "rebellion"—but they are also extremely expensive, compared to their competitors, not particularly practical, and inefficient. Nor does the "bad boy" Harley Davidson image seem to resonate with younger consumers—in fact, Davidson's core customers are all aging out of riding. This has put the company in a bind: Not only are they losing customers (and profits) to competitors, but their image as an "All American" icon has made them a political target for the Trump-Europe steel tariff wars.
In this episode of the podcast Household Names, host Bob Bobkoff looks at exactly how Harley Davidson ended up in this pickle, and the strategies that company executives are adopting to solve the problem. It's a fascinating look at what happens when a company becomes too successful – and why flexibility and agility are so important to long-term business success.