Steve Henn was Marketplace’s technology and innovation reporter until December 2011. He filed stories for the entire Marketplace portfolio.  In addition, Henn occasionally acted as the back-up host for Marketplace Tech Report.

Henn filed his first story for Marketplace from rural Zimbabwe in 1996. He was hired full time in the Washington D.C. bureau in 2000.  Before that, he biked across the country with his future wife and worked at several small local newspapers.

Henn loves that fact that Marketplace gives him the opportunity to speak with smart interesting people, who are incredibly passionate about what they do. One of his favorite projects was in collaboration with America Radio Works, Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and the Center for Public Integrity where he worked on several year-long projects to expose how lobbyists and private interest groups were paying for lavish trips for members of Congress and their staff.

Henn was part of the team that won a Peabody at Marketplace in 2000. He has also won a Gracie award for his coverage of women’s issues in the workplace. In addition, Henn has been awarded an Edward R. Murrow for national investigative reporting, several IRE awards and was honored in 2006 by the National Press Club Foundation with the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress.

Henn holds a Bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and received his Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Features By Steve Henn



Music album sales at historic low

Last week, Taylor Swift had the worst-selling number one album in the last 30 years. Now alternative band Cake tops the charts with just 44,000 copies sold.
Posted In: Entertainment, Music, Retail

Apple after Steve Jobs

Technology companies that don't innovate, don't last. With or without Steve Jobs, Apple faces lots of business challenges in the future.

Attention from regulators may be costing Google business

After news came that Google was trying to buy out a airline data firm, the U.S. Justice Department started looking into the deal. Google's used to government attention, but it may also now be costing the company some business. Steve Henn explains.
Posted In: Airlines, Internet, Mergers and Acquisitions

The digital wallet of the future

For many folks the idea of getting rid of your wallet and replacing it with an app on your smartphone seems like a no-brainer. Last fall, AT&T,...
Posted In: digital wallet

Settling your tab without a wallet

A future without a bulky wallet weighing you down may be closer than you think. Steve Henn reports on card-less pay options in development and takes his smartphone, tricked out with a special bankcard chip, for a spin.
Posted In: Credit Cards

CES 2011: Gadget makers step up turf war with Apple

Apple rivals enter tablet market, TVs grow up, and everything connects to the Internet (in theory) at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Marketplace's Steve Henn reports from the show floor.

Facebook's value grows to $50b after Goldman investment

Facebook may be worth as much as $50 billion after the social media behemoth reportedly landed a $450 million investment from Goldman Sachs and another $50 million from a Russian firm. And Goldman is reportedly lining up wealthy investors to plow more money into the company. Reporter Steve Henn talks with Kai Ryssdal about whether Facebook needs to go public if it can raise so much money by itself.
Posted In: Internet

Can Facebook succeed in China?

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has before expressed his interest in bringing the social network to China, but he does face some obstacles. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: China, Internet

High-tech robotics change disabled children's lives

YokyWorks is a nonprofit that develops useful contraptions for disabled children. Marketplace's Steve Henn talks to the founder of the nonprofit and sees a YokyWork gadget at work.
Posted In: Health

Google's next step needs to be beyond innovation

From self-driving cars to electric power distribution, Google has become the site for future-thinking innovation. But it also needs to consider the next step: profit.


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