Jack Stewart

Senior reporter


Jack Stewart is a former senior reporter for Marketplace. A car nut and a transport nerd, he covered trains, planes, autonomous automobiles and hyperloops.

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 ______.


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 (149)

A vaccine isn’t going to be a magic cure for the COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 30, 2020
Even if a fully effective vaccine can be developed and deployed quickly, it won’t mean an immediate return to normal life or business.
President Trump wears a mask as he tours a lab where they are making components for a potential vaccine in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

This year has been a "roller-coaster ride" for automakers

Jul 29, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic forced Ford, GM and Fiat Chrysler to close factories and halt production. They're expected to report large losses.
Analysts say this could be one of the most difficult quarters for carmakers in modern history. Pictured: Cars for sale at a Ford dealership in the Queens borough of New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

How do businesses (and customers) decide what’s safe during a pandemic?

Jul 28, 2020
As States attempt reopening, and see COVID-19 cases flare, what does the science say about risky situations?
Insignia Hair Salon reopened its doors to clients for haircuts a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced guidance for barbershops and hair salons to offer haircuts in an outdoor setting.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A virtual Comic-Con means opportunities, for some

Jul 22, 2020
For the first time in its 50-year history, San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled. Organizers are moving some events online.
San Diego gets about $149 million in economic benefit from Comic-Con. Pictured: Cosplayers attend the 2019 Comic-Con International.
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Pandemic shifts people's feelings about owning a car

Jul 20, 2020
Many Americans who want to avoid public transit and ride-sharing are tempted to buy a car.
Allen Zimney and his girlfriend, Leila Alvarez, aided by salesman Greg Bowles, shop at the Star Ford car dealership in Glendale, California.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

There are better ways to structure unemployment benefits, but they will probably never happen.

Jul 17, 2020
The expanded $600 per week unemployment assistance has been crucial, but experts say there are more effective ways to support people who’ve lost work.
Unemployment assistance offices, like this one in El Paso, Texas, have been overwhelmed with claims.
Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Answers to your questions about unemployment benefits and COVID-19

Jul 7, 2020
As we approach the deadline for the expanded coronavirus unemployment payments to end, we look at some of the key questions around benefits.
Hundreds of unemployed Kentucky residents wait in long lines outside the Kentucky Career Center for help with their unemployment claims.
John Sommers II/Getty Images

The coronavirus has highlighted the transit inequalities in America

Jul 1, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic essential workers have relied on public transit, just as services are being cut.
An MTA worker hands out free hand sanitizer and face masks at the Grand Central Station subway during morning rush hour in New York City.
Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook does an about-face on "hateful" ads after pressure from brands

Jun 26, 2020
Major companies said they were pulling ads from Facebook as part of a movement called #stophateforprofit.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced policies to address complaints about content on the platform amid a growing advertiser boycott.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Ford has a lot riding on the launch of its new F-150 pickup

Jun 25, 2020
The Ford F-series of trucks have been America’s best selling vehicles, of any type, for decades. Can Ford keep that up during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Ford is set to unveil the latest iteration of it's F-150 pickup truck.
Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images