Ben Bradford

Reporter

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I cover breaking business news as well as big public works projects and the government-funded stuff that we all use (like roads and water pipes) as our infrastructure reporter — although I try not to use that word on air.

What was your first job?

I spent one summer in high school sorting a warehouse full of shoes — digging through boxes, finding pairs that matched and tying their laces together — for the San Francisco Opera's costume shop. I thought I would never see the sun again.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

You have less than three hours to find and interview multiple sources on a topic you know nothing about. You finally get one of them on the phone. Uh-oh, it’s a cellphone, and the quality is not great. You ask if they have a landline. They do! You ask if they also have an iPhone. They do! You ask if they can talk to you on the landline and simultaneously record themselves on the iPhone using a specific app and then send you the audio from the app. You talk them through, step by step, how to do this, depending on their level of technological sophistication. They generously oblige, but you worry they secretly think you are crazy. You do this with nearly every person you speak with remotely for a story.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Opportunities that increase the possibility of happiness.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

I don't usually go in for motivational aphorisms, but I have John Barlow's 25 principles of adult behavior pinned to my cubicle wall, and I really like them! One of my favorites is "tolerate ambiguity," which I think is just key for reporting (and life). Next up: "Laugh at yourself frequently."

 

Latest Stories (135)

A worldwide earthquake drill may spur more homeowners to buy insurance

Oct 18, 2018
Do not be alarmed if, a bit later on Thursday, you turn to see a bunch of co-workers peering out from under their desks. It’s not an alien invasion or a spontaneous game of hide-and-seek. Nearly 60 million people around…

Defrauded by a for-profit college? A new court ruling may help you cancel out your loan debt

Oct 17, 2018
Student loans are now only behind mortgages as a share of consumer debt.
Are you weighed down by student debt?
flickr.com/thisisbossi

Defrauded by a for-profit college? A new court ruling may help you cancel out your loan debt

Oct 17, 2018
Student loans are now only behind mortgages as a share of consumer debt.
Are you weighed down by student debt?
flickr.com/thisisbossi

Federal deficit rises to six-year high following last year's tax cut

Oct 16, 2018
The U.S. government is spending more and taking in less. The Treasury Department reported on Monday that the federal deficit has increased this past budget year to $779 billion, the largest deficit since 2012. The biggest culprit is last year’s…

Federal deficit rises to six-year high following last year's tax cut

Oct 16, 2018
The U.S. government is spending more and taking in less. The Treasury Department reported on Monday that the federal deficit has increased this past budget year to $779 billion, the largest deficit since 2012. The biggest culprit is last year’s…