Steve Henn

Steve Henn is NPR's technology correspondent based in Menlo Park, California, who is currently on assignment with Planet Money. An award winning journalist, he now covers the intersection of technology and modern life - exploring how digital innovations are changing the way we interact with people we love, the institutions we depend on and the world around us. In 2012 he came frighteningly close to crashing one of the first Tesla sedans ever made. He has taken a ride in a self-driving car, and flown a drone around Stanford's campus with a legal expert on privacy and robotics.

But Steve's favorite technology stories are the ones that explain how little-understood innovations can change the way millions of us behave. Why do people buy cows in Farmville? Why are video games so compelling and why do some people have such a hard time setting Twitter aside? He is fascinated by how digital companies attempt to mold our behavior and study our every move in a world where we are constantly interacting with connected devices.

Prior to moving to Silicon Valley in 2010, Steve covered a wide range of topics for the public radio show Marketplace. His reporting kicked off the congressional travel scandals in late 2004, and helped expose the role of private military contractors at Abu Ghraib.

At Marketplace, Henn helped establish collaborations with the Center for Public Integrity and the Medill's School of Journalism.

Steve spent his early life on a farm in Iowa where his parents, who are biochemists, hoped to raise all their own food and become energy self-sufficient. It didn't work. During college Steve hoped to drop out and support himself by working in the fishing industry in Alaska. That also didn't work. After college he biked around the country with his sweetheart, Emily Johnson. He then followed Emily to Africa, volunteering at Soweto Community Radio. That did work out. He and Emily are now happily married with three daughters.

Steve graduated from Wesleyan University's College of Social Studies with honors and Columbia University's Graduate school of Journalism.

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3:36am

Fri December 26, 2014
All Tech Considered

Sony Hack Highlights The Global Underground Market For Malware

Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 2:12 pm

The toxic ingredients of a cyberattack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures are available in underground markets.
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There are global underground markets where anyone can buy and sell all the malicious code for an attack like the one North Korea is accused of unleashing on Sony Pictures.

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5:17am

Fri December 19, 2014
Business

U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 8:22 am

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4:18pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Planet Money

Silk Road Drug Market Was An Economic Experiment Gone Wrong

Originally published on Wed December 24, 2014 7:10 pm

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4:28pm

Fri November 14, 2014
Technology

Free Voice-Control Software Helps Tiny Start-Ups Build Big Ideas

Originally published on Fri November 14, 2014 6:34 pm

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4:55pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Business

Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 1:55 pm

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4:47am

Thu October 23, 2014
Business

To Get Women To Work In Computer Science, Schools Get Them To Class

Originally published on Thu October 23, 2014 7:14 am

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9:40am

Tue October 21, 2014
Planet Money

When Women Stopped Coding

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 4:41 pm

Quoctrung Bui

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happened?

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6:08am

Thu October 2, 2014
Business

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 8:16 am

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4:27pm

Mon September 22, 2014
Technology

Some Tech Firms Capitalize On Privacy

Originally published on Mon September 22, 2014 5:40 pm

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6:01am

Fri September 19, 2014
Business

Alibaba's Initial Public Offering Is One Of The Largest Ever

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 7:57 am

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