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Justin Ho

Reporter

SHORT BIO

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 (137)

Hurricane Florence is a big test for FEMA. Is it ready?

by Justin Ho Sep 11, 2018
Hurricane Florence is expected to hit several states along the Eastern Seaboard, including North and South Carolina, and Virginia, on Thursday. More than a million people have been ordered to evacuate. Federal agencies are scrambling to coordinate the relief supplies…
 Contractors apply a FEMA tarp to a home damaged by Hurricane Maria and without electricity on Dec. 20, 2017 in Morovis, Puerto Rico. 
Mario Tama/Getty Images

Why private equity firms are hungry for old-school food brands

by Justin Ho Sep 7, 2018
They aren't buying the food companies for the long run or the delicious taste.
JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Congress is set to vote on more mandatory financial counseling to help curb student loan defaults

by Justin Ho Sep 5, 2018
Student debt is topping $1.4 trillion dollars.
Students pull a mock 'ball & chain' representing the $1.4 trilling outstanding student debt at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2016.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

What happened to the retail apocalypse?

by Justin Ho Aug 28, 2018
About a year ago, we were doing a lot of stories about a retail apocalypse — online shopping leading to the destruction of department stores, malls, anything built out of bricks and mortar. Fast forward to this year and things couldn’t…
A shopper carries away his purchases from a Target store on Aug. 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Target today reported a 6.4 percent jump in store traffic for the quarter, the biggest increase in at least a decade. The retailer also reported a 41 percent increase in online sales for the quarter. 
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Uber’s new pitch: Instead of four wheels, how about two?

by Justin Ho Aug 27, 2018
In an interview with the Financial Times over the weekend, the car-hailing company’s CEO said Uber’s adding more electric bikes and scooters to the mix it offers in big cities, where it already has a big and sometimes controversial presence.…
A cyclist rides a JUMP bike on April 12, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Uber acquired the bike share company in April. 
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Can serve clocks make the U.S. Open more exciting?

by Justin Ho Aug 24, 2018
The Grand Slam tennis event will add 25-second timers to keep matches moving.
Belgium's Elise Mertens plays a shot beside a clock during a match against Australia's Daria Gavrilova at the Australian Open in Melbourne in January.
PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images

Pepsi catches up to SodaStream’s success

by Justin Ho Aug 22, 2018
Why PepsiCo is going all in on the DIY fizz biz.
A general view at SodaStream's celebration of National Hydration Day on June 20, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.
John Sciulli/Getty Images for SodaStream USA

Trump seeking end to quarterly reports from companies

by Justin Ho Aug 17, 2018
In an effort to save money and perhaps to promote longer-term thinking, this morning President Trump tweeted today that he wants regulators to look at ending quarterly reports for public companies, which have been required by law since 1970. What about twice…

The way credit scores are calculated is changing

by Justin Ho Aug 15, 2018
The New York Fed says fewer kinds of missed payments are showing up on credit scores.
A cornerstone in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York building is seen on July 29, 2011 in New York City. 
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Turkey’s president wants to boycott American electronics. Good luck with that.

by Justin Ho Aug 14, 2018
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan wants to pull his people away from American-made smartphones and push them toward products from homegrown company Vestel. That could prove difficult, once you take a closer look at what comprises Vestel's phones.
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