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Nov 15, 2019

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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 (153)

Where are the workers, in a labor market this tight?

by Justin Ho Aug 6, 2018
With unemployment so low, at 3.9 percent in July, some employers are taking a second look at workers they might have passed on before
Commuters make their way through Grand Central Terminal as the sun shines in through the windows. 
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With unemployment so low, where are the workers coming from?

by Justin Ho Aug 3, 2018
The U.S. economy created 157,000 jobs in July. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.9 percent. The last time was saw unemployment that low? The year 2000. What does all of this mean for wages? And for businesses looking to hire…
Commuters arrive from Metro North Railroad trains in Grand Central Station in New York October 19, 2016.
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Treasury intervention could give more help to data breach victims

by Justin Ho Aug 2, 2018
This week, the Treasury Department issued recommendations to protect consumers from big data breaches, like the ones we’ve seen at Equifax and Target. Among the Treasury Department’s recommendations: creating a national standard for handling the aftermath of data breaches. Click…
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Lloyd Blankfein changed Goldman Sachs. Will David Solomon keep it up?

by Justin Ho Jul 17, 2018
Goldman Sachs reported quarterly profits today, beating analyst expectations. As is often the case on Wall Street, the ups were no match for the downs — like heavy legal expenses and weak trading results. But the big news for the bank…

July sales are pressuring the shipping industry like it’s the holiday season

by Justin Ho Jul 16, 2018
Today is Prime Day, Amazon’s annual day of discounts that the retail giant hopes will rack up sales and lure new subscribers to Prime. Walmart, Target, Macy’s and other retailers are also getting in on what’s being dubbed Summer Black…

Why China loves American natural gas more than it hates our tariffs

by Justin Ho Jul 11, 2018
Ever since the shale revolution turned the U.S. into one of the world’s biggest energy exporters, other countries have been clamoring to buy American oil. One product in particular is seeing huge demand abroad – liquefied natural gas. Refineries turn…

Electronics giant Xiaomi heads for Hong Kong IPO

by Justin Ho Jul 6, 2018
Xiaomi isn’t a household name in the U.S., but with a $54 billion valuation, its initial public offering is one of the biggest the world’s seen in years. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Investors aren't finding refuge in gold

by Justin Ho Jul 4, 2018
We’re two quarters into the year, and we’re dealing with tariffs, a budding trade war, possible inflation, rising interest rates and markets that have been on a wild ride. This would normally be a situation where you’d see people parking…

Here’s how animal shelters are preparing for fear-inducing fireworks

by Justin Ho Jul 3, 2018
More pets go missing around the Fourth of July holiday than any other time. Amid the din and the bright lights of the fireworks, dogs and cats often scramble for cover and end up losing their way. Animal shelters are…

Net neutrality repeal is unlikely to bring an immediate web slowdown

by Justin Ho Jun 11, 2018
Today is the day when so-called net neutrality rules no longer apply to the internet. Last year, the Federal Communications Commission repealed the rules that had prevented internet providers from playing favorites, by, for instance, offering faster service to customers…