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Does this charitable donation spark joy?

Jun 19, 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 serious 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?

You can’t trick me with questions like these, questions that reveal your fat-cat lifestyle. Some of my colleagues might answer “TSA PreCheck” or “noise-canceling headphones.” Wow, we got a world traveler over here, a real Mr. Monopoly. Guy like me, I rely on the small stuff. My choice? The Acme Kastmaster fishing lure. If you’re out on the water during trout season or if you’re fishing streams, the Kastmaster is your best friend. Pick up a few Kastmasters at Cabela’s before your next trip or order a bunch on the Walmart website — one-fourth ounce, one-eighth ounce, whatever works for what you’re targeting. The weight helps them cast well, and the metal spoon shape flows well while you’re reeling them in. Gold or silver’s your best bet — don’t have much luck with the silver and blue combo lures. Pay whatever they’re going for. Then catch your own meal, cook it with some lentils and turn on Netflix or whatever.

Latest Stories from Justin (112)

A tale of two payment apps

by Justin Ho and Leila Goldstein Apr 26, 2019
Venmo and Zelle look like they should be competitors. But the two payment apps serve very different audiences.
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Beyond Meat to seek $175 million in IPO

by Justin Ho Apr 22, 2019
There’s a growing battle in the market for burger patties that look meat — and are supposed to taste like it — but are made from plants. The Beyond Burger, made by a company called Beyond Meat, is one of the competitors.…
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How the vest became Wall Street's bulletproof armor

by Justin Ho and Leila Goldstein Apr 19, 2019
The fleece vest has become ubiquitous in the finance world. Manufacturers are taking note.
Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, arrives for the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world's most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, technology and political spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference. 
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As writers fire their agents, can small agencies benefit?

by Justin Ho Apr 15, 2019
When it comes to pursuing newly unrepresented talent, small agencies don't have much to lose.
WGA West President David Goodman speaks during the 2019 Writers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 17 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Amazon wants to deliver broadband from orbit

by Justin Ho Apr 8, 2019
Amazon recently confirmed plans to provide internet connectivity from orbit.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a press conference in Santa Monica, California.
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MBAs can boost pay. But they can't eliminate the pay gap, a study found.

by Justin Ho Apr 2, 2019
Women and people of color still earn less than white men, even with the degree.
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NBC taps into YouTuber Lilly Singh's audience

by Justin Ho Mar 15, 2019
The replacement for Carson Daly's time slot brings a woman of color to late-night TV.
Lilly Singh speaks on stage during the 2018 WE Day Toronto Show in September.
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Chase seeks new markets with new branches

by Justin Ho Mar 14, 2019
JPMorgan Chase just announced that it’ll open 90 new branches by the end of the year.
JPMorgan Chase just announced that it’ll open 90 new branches by the end of the year
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Bang for your brick: behind Lego’s thriving secondary market

by Justin Ho Mar 4, 2019
Lego fans and investors maintain a robust, independent online market for rare and valuable pieces.
At age 15, Kaleb Johnson sold some of his Harry Potter-branded Legos, which included a similar Mad-Eye Moody figurine. That sale netted him $2,000.
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Kraft Heinz writes down its Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands

by Justin Ho Feb 28, 2019
Once upon a time, America spelled cheese K-R-A-F-T, and Oscar Mayer had a way with B-O-L-O-G-N-A. But lately, those brands haven’t been doing well for their owner, Kraft Heinz. The packaged-foods giant announced that it’s writing down the value of…
Packages of Oscar Mayer Classic wieners are displayed at Scotty's Market on April 21, 2014 in San Rafael, California.
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