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Justin Ho

Reporter

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I'm a finance reporter.

What was your first job?

Grocery bagger.

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

In radio, you get a lot of people making pledge drive jokes, or jokes about Ira Glass, or “Prairie Home Companion.” People don’t realize that there are plenty of other jokes to make about public radio. Like making fun of bumper music, or the fact that we still use landlines, or the phrase “sustaining member.” Lot of comedic potential right there. It’s very hard dealing with this — I have to tell people this stuff all the time.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I’d stay in radio, probably. Best not to second-guess these things. Who knows what would happen if I became, like, a real estate agent or something. Might be happier, might not be.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Stainless Steel Vertical Sausage Stuffer 3L/7 lbs

Latest Stories from Justin (169)

Taco Bell's $100,000 salary offer highlights the pivotal role of managers

by Justin Ho Jan 17, 2020
It's a sign of both a tight labor market and the critical role played by managers in operating a restaurant location.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Speed and range are key variables in the 5G race

by Justin Ho Jan 13, 2020
There's a trade off between how fast people can download things … and whether coverage can reach people in remote areas.
A crew for Verizon works on a cell tower to update it to handle the new 5G network in Orem, Utah on December 10, 2019.
George Frey/AFP via Getty Images

Restaurant gift cards are getting more popular as holiday presents

by Justin Ho Jan 10, 2020
As gift giving has shifted toward experiences and not physical items, restaurant gift cards are getting more popular. And restaurants are catching on.
Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

Chase is the latest to hike fee for its premium credit card and add lifestyle perks

by Justin Ho Jan 9, 2020
The popular travel card is getting more expensive. But the bank is betting that new perks, designed to appeal to younger consumers, will make users stay on board.
Thomas Cooper/Getty Images

Illinois cracks down on AI interviews

by Justin Ho Jan 2, 2020
A new law requires greater disclosure when companies use artificial intelligence technology to sift through job candidates.
Manjunath Kiran/AFP via Getty Images

Study suggests taxes on e-cigarettes have an unintended consequence

by Justin Ho Dec 31, 2019
A new NBER paper finds that taxes on e-cigarettes create barriers for adults looking to use e-cigarettes as a safer alternative to smoking.
People take part in a rally at the steps of City Hall after New York City Council vote on legislation to ban flavored e-cigarettes on November 26, 2019.
Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images

When overnight delivery doesn't quite cut it

by Justin Ho Dec 18, 2019
FedEx reported weaker than expected earnings for the most recent quarter.
Pedestrians walk past a FedEx truck in the Financial District, December 19, 2018 in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Halting production of the 737 Max could dent the American economy

by Justin Ho Dec 17, 2019
Analysts predict Boeing's planned production halt of its embattled 737 Max plane could slow GDP growth next year.
Boeing 737 Max 8 during the manufacturing process at the Boeing Renton Factory in Renton, Washington in March 2019.
Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images
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One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

by Justin Ho Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Twitter is issuing bonds rated below "investment grade." Here's what that means.

by Justin Ho Dec 4, 2019
"Junk" bonds don't mean the company got an F in a test.
Twitter is offering below investment grade bonds to raise some cash. Above, a Twitter banner hangs on the New York Stock Exchange during the company's IPO in 2013.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images