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



FCC calls for cell phone locator service

One of the top reasons we carry cell phones is to have a lifeline to help in case of emergency. But there are still big holes in the safety net — like 9-1-1 not being able to locate your call — and the FCC wants to fill them. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Crime, Washington

House finally moves on lobbying reform

After sweeping to power last fall and promising to clean up Washington, Democrats on Capitol Hill struggled for months to pass any lobbying reform legislation. Today the House finally took action. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Washington

Sarb-Ox revisited again

Many small companies have struggled to cover the costs of following the Sarbanes-Oxley accounting rules, but exempting them could encourage the type of accounting fraud the law is intended to fight. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Taxes, Washington

Highly-skilled immigrants still seen as a need

The new immigration bill being debated on Capitol Hill would give more weight to aspiring immigrants' education and skills. But many in the business world say it still won't deliver the workers they need. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Mexico

Immigration reform stuck at the border

Lawmakers are scrambling to come up with a compromise on immigration reform before '08 politicking makes that impossible, but the two sides can't agree on which workers to let into the country. Steve Henn reports.
Posted In: Immigration, Washington

Campaign funding with full disclosure

Federal campaign finance laws are complicated. But in Virginia it's simple: Give as much money as you want as many times as you want. The catch? Everybody gets to know. Steve Henn reports.

Energy costs empty wallets

It looks more and more like inflation is going to come under control. But with gas prices flirting with record highs, consumers can't catch a break. It seems most of our spending money is going into the tank. Steve Henn has more details.
Posted In: Economy

Potential peril from microwave popcorn

A chemical used to manufacture those popular microwaveable bags of popcorn is known to cause lung disease among food workers. There's renewed pressure on the FDA to remove diacetyl from its list of safe chemicals.

Where will the tainted food scandal end?

More Americans than ever before are eating from an international table. But revelations about tainted fish food in Canada have some worried that lax oversight of food imports could lead to even bigger problems.
Posted In: Canada, Health, Science

Gaming the college ranking guide

Every August, US News and World Report publishes its influential guide to American colleges. But the popular franchise has its detractors, who say some universities distort key information. Steve Henn reports.


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