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The GM strike marches on

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Jack Stewart

Senior reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a car nut and a transport nerd, so I cover trains, planes, autonomous automobiles and hyperloops for Marketplace.

What was your first job?

Making tea at a local radio station.

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

Elon Musk's Twitter feed.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Try decaffeinated tea.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I'd be a vet for one of the first human settlements on Mars and a part-time astronaut fireman, because it's all hands on deck when you're on a new planet.

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

Tea.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

How to pronounce the English language. Apparently it's not alumin-eee-um or renayyyysance.

 

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

The tea kettle.

Latest Stories from Jack (71)

It's not easy being a car company — just ask Ford

by Jack Stewart Sep 10, 2019
Like all automakers, Ford's trying to balance selling profit-making vehicles and preparing for an uncertain future.
The chassis of a 2018 Ford F-150 truck on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Headphones that enhance the world around you could be a hearing aid alternative

by Jack Stewart Sep 9, 2019
Experts say there will be an eventual convergence of the two.
Wireless headphones, as worn by this model, can also help with hearing.
Nuheara

Don't panic, TV binging isn't ending, but streaming services are experimenting

by Jack Stewart Sep 5, 2019
Streaming services consider ways to keep viewers watching beyond the binge.
Streaming service Netflix is getting inventive with how it keep viewers engaged.
Netflix

The "van life" movement reaches businesses

by Jack Stewart Aug 29, 2019
Ford looked into why sales of its Transit van were higher among small businesses and found mobile storefronts replacing brick and mortar.
Pewabic Pottery, in Detroit, MI, modified a van to create a traveling exhibition space with portable ceramic firing kilns.
Ford

Here's why caller ID is easy to spoof

by Jack Stewart Aug 26, 2019
It took little effort and $9.95 for our reporter to call co-workers from what appeared to be the boss' phone number.
Early caller ID systems were add-ons to landline telephones and pushed by phone companies as something worth paying extra for.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why Waymo is sharing some of its self-driving car data

by Jack Stewart Aug 21, 2019
Figuring out self-driving cars is one of the biggest technology challenges for companies. Sharing data could benefit the whole industry.
Waymo's robominivans collect information about the world they drive through.
Waymo

Tesla's plan for simple solar rentals could increase competition

by Jack Stewart Aug 20, 2019
The company has seen a drop in solar power installations. Is the new plan sustainable?
Tesla plans to rent solar panel systems to customers starting at $50 per month.
Tesla

Tumblr was an early social media favorite. What happened?

by Jack Stewart Aug 13, 2019
Verizon is selling Tumblr, the social blogging platform.
Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tumblr

Shell's new plastics plant faces challenges: Balancing local and global impacts

by Jack Stewart Aug 13, 2019
The new Shell plant will create millions of tons of plastic a year, plus 600 onsite jobs.
Shell's new plant is currently a huge building project. It'll have three reactors and 15 miles of underground piping.
Shell

FedEx is cutting ties with Amazon and focusing on other e-retailers

by Jack Stewart Aug 8, 2019
But is there enough other delivery business out there?
A FedEx worker unloads packages from his delivery truck in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images