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Joel Rose

  • Joel Rose

    Joel Rose is a freelance reporter in Philadelphia. His stories also appear on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Day to Day." His favorite diversions include gardening, cooking, traveling and playing keyboards for various indie rock bands. He ran the 2005 Chicago Marathon in just under four hours, a feat he is unlikely to repeat.

Recent Stories


  • Mass. may opt to pay flat doctors' fees

    Most U.S. doctors get paid for each test or procedure they perform. But Massachusetts is considering becoming the first state to pay a flat fee for each patient doctors see. Joel Rose reports.

  • Benefits from the digital TV switch

    TV stations across the country will completely switch from analog to digital, and there are some surprising benefits to the conversion. Joel Rose reports.

  • Recession spurs saving trend

    Americans are saving an average of 5% of their incomes--up from zero a year ago--now that credit is tight and layoffs are looming. Joel Rose reports.

  • Loss may swish away Kobe-LeBron ads

    If the Cleveland Cavaliers are bounced out of the NBA playoffs, Nike and Glaceau VitaminWater are out of luck. The brands have been hyping a Kobe Bryant-LeBron James match-up. Joel Rose reports on why advertisers love a good rivalry.

  • How retailers plan to lure shoppers

    Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks some of the deepest discounts of the year. But in a recession, prices are already low. What can retailers do to attract shoppers? Joel Rose reports.

  • Scribd's turning a page to sell eBooks

    Document-sharing Web site Scribd is opening a digital bookstore where writers can set the prices for their work. How will this affect the publishing industry and eBook rival Amazon? Joel Rose reports.

  • Sleep aid sales up, but do they work?

    Sales of over-the-counter sleep aids like Advil PM are up as more people toss and turn over the economy. But are these medications really effective? Joel Rose reports.

  • Philly tour guides testy over licensing

    Three Philadelphia tour guides are seeking to overturn an ordinance requiring them to pass a history test and become licensed before taking tourists through the City of Brotherly Love. Joel Rose reports.

  • Drug prices based on effectiveness

    Some drug makers are adjusting what they'll charge patients for their drugs based on the effectiveness of the medicines. Joel Rose reports.

  • Bailout funds aimed at regular investors

    The Obama administration is encouraging investment companies to create bailout funds aimed at ordinary investors. So what do people think about it? Joel Rose gauges public interest in the plan.

  • Boardwalk wood does forest no good

    Renovations to a New Jersey town's boardwalk are having ramifications on the rainforests in Brazil. Joe Rose reports on the controversy over U.S. beach towns using Brazilian hardwood.

  • Microlending is no small deal

    At a time when many banks are reeling from the hit they took on subprime mortgages, one New York institution has no problem collecting on its loans. Joel Rose reports on tiny bank loans making a big impact.

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