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



Congress can't deny drug ads' pull

The Senate passed a bill last night ensuring new funding and ad-monitoring powers for the Food and Drug Administration. But media companies made sure Congress was careful about the language used in the bill. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Health

More to help the housing market

Fed chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are going to Congress today to discuss fixing the mortgage market. Steve Henn reports.

Many consumers expect recession

A poll out today from Reuters shows one-third of Americans believe we're heading for a recession. But who's to blame? Steve Henn did his own poll this morning in D.C.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street

Mukasey, a subprime-lender defender

Michael Mukasey, the president's nominee for attorney general, has been in a private law practice the last year where he helped pick up new clients needing white-collar criminal defense -- such as subprime lenders who might have run afoul of the law. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Crime, Washington

3 million bad letters on the way

In the last year, the number of warning letters sent to troubled mortgage-holders increased 115 percent. Steve Henn reports this may just be the beginning.
Posted In: Economy, Housing

Wanted: Pentagon bookkeepers

With this week's defense authorization bill in the Senate comes the possibility of another half a trillion dollars for non-war Pentagon spending. But Steve Henn reports they're already having trouble keeping track of the books.

Iraq tosses Blackwater out of the war

The Iraqi government has revoked the business license of private security firm Blackwater USA, whose employees allegedly killed at least nine Iraqi civilians in a firefight. Steve Henn reports the company has played an important but controversial role in the war.

Soda companies still sweet on schools

A report out today shows that soda sales in U.S. public schools are falling. But as Steve Henn reports, a majority of the beverages being sold are still full of sugar.
Posted In: Education, Health

Luxury retail's not hurting

While much of the retail economy is feeling the pinch of subprime, luxury spending seems only to be growing. But Steve Henn reports the high-end market could be skewing retail numbers across the board.
Posted In: Economy, Retail

FAA head takes heat for lobby job

Federal Aviation Administration head Marion Blakey is leaving government service to take a job with the Aerospace Industry Association, an industry lobbying group. The move has sparked criticism in Washington. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Jobs


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