Matt Berger was the former Digital Director at Marketplace and has worked as a journalist and digital producer for over a decade in the areas of business, technology and arts and lifestyle.
Berger started his journalism career as a daily newspaper reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the height of the tech boom in 2000, he got a job in downtown San Francisco covering high tech and venture capital for the Silicon Valley magazine Upside and its website. When Upside went downside in the 2001 dot-com bubble, Berger moved a few blocks down Market Street as a technology reporter and correspondent for a global news wire service operated by magazine and Internet publisher IDG.
Prior to joining Marketplace in 2010, Berger was the Executive Producer for Interactive at The Taunton Press, a publisher of lifestyle magazines, books, and digital products.
Features by Matt Berger
We reported on a big health care story last week when the government released a database of prices for 100 of the most-common medical procedures at every hospital in the country. The data is intended to allow people to shop around for the best price on health care. On our weekend Money program, we even collected some tips for shopping around and negotiating medical care costs.
The story prompted one of our listeners to download the raw data from the government and turn it into a searchable, interactive map that allows users to look up and compare prices by location and procedure. Thanks Ben Sullins!