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Steve Barrett

A copy editor for FreightWaves since 2019, Steve Barrett has worked as an editor and/or reporter for The Associated Press as well as newspapers in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Nebraska. He also served as a senior managing editor for a medical marketing company, collaborating with some of the nation's most respected health care organizations and specialists in major markets in New York and Pennsylvania. He earned a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from the University of South Dakota.
Jun - 2022 -
07 June
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Everybody wants Freightliner CPCs

The case of Daimler Truck’s missing powertrain controller modules may be tough to solve. The microchips in them are as popular as a Taco Bell drive-thru after the Great Mexican Pizza Famine and lots more valuable, so we all have a motive.

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Apr - 2022 -
26 April
Steve Barrett

Modern Shipper named Best New Product in prestigious Neal Awards

FreightWaves’ final mile-focused Modern Shipper brand was named Best New Product on Tuesday in the 68th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards.

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Mar - 2022 -
10 March
Steve Barrett

FreightWaves a finalist in 2 categories of prestigious Neal Awards

FreightWaves’ Modern Shipper brand and WHAT THE TRUCK?!? podcast are finalists in the 68th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards’ Best New Product and Best Podcast categories.

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Feb - 2022 -
11 February
Jan - 2022 -
14 January
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Raven-on-drone violence nothing to crow about

Australian officials’ resolution of recent raven-on-drone attacks isn’t much to crow about.

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Nov - 2021 -
19 November
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Mr. Durr goes to Trenton

He had a dream, 153 bucks and a decent supply of doughnuts. Mild-mannered furniture truck driver Edward Durr may not leap the New Jersey State House in a single bound, but his stunning Senate win ensures he’ll bring a new perspective to Trenton.

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Oct - 2021 -
01 October
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: With ‘wake-up calls’ like this, who needs Ambien?

Shot in the dark, but a $5,000 timeout for $230,000 in pay withheld from workers making as little as $3.38 an hour could prove a suboptimal deterrent.

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Aug - 2021 -
07 August
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Whistling past the autonomous truck yard

Not to be a Luddite, but a world of trucker-free trucks is going to mean some minor trade-offs, including fleeting bouts of creepiness.

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Jun - 2021 -
25 June
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Marla meets the watermelon truck

I was there when Marla Maples became homecoming queen. Regrettably, I was also there when a truckload of watermelons attacked her in a four-Rolaids film by “the master of horror.”

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11 June
Steve Barrett

The Light Load: Confessions of a transportation tenderfoot

Tankers painted with coffee mugs do not haul coffee, and other alarming discoveries.

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