Based in Washington, David Gura is a senior reporter for Marketplace, the public radio business and economics program, and since 2013, he also has been the show’s primary substitute host.

During his tenure at Marketplace, Gura has filed dispatches from the White House, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court. He has covered the implementation of healthcare and financial reform, and he has been a trusted guide to listeners through countless political crises, including budget battles, showdowns and shutdowns.

Gura has also traveled widely. After the financial crisis, he reported on the economic recovery, and ahead of the 2012 and 2014 elections, he spent a lot of time talking to Americans in places that were both electorally and economically unique. In 2013, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., he spent several months as the lead reporter on a series called “Guns and Dollars,” about the U.S. firearms industry.

Previously, Gura worked at NPR, first as an editor and a producer, then as a reporter for The Two-Way, its breaking news blog. In addition, he regularly contributed to NPR’s flagship news magazines, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. His writing  reviews and reportage  has been published by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Columbia Journalism Review, and the Virginia Quarterly Review.

Gura’s work has been recognized by the National Press Foundation, the National Constitution Center, and the French-American Foundation. In 2012, he was awarded a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship, and he has been invited to participate in seminars at Stanford University and Dartmouth College, among other universities.

An alumnus of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Gura received his bachelor’s degree in history and American studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he also played the fiddle in an old-time string band called The Dead Sea Squirrels. He spent a semester in La Paz, Bolivia, at 12,000 feet above sea level, studying political science at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Universidad Católica Boliviana.

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Features by David Gura

The story of John Sperling, University of Phoenix founder

Sperling was an intellectual, a socialist, and eventually a billionaire.
Posted In: for-profit colleges, higher education

What will Windows 9 say about Microsoft's new CEO?

The next version of Windows could reveal a lot about Satya Nadella's vision.
Posted In: Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, windows

Beyond ad clicks: using 'Big Data' for social good

One professor is trying to get the best data scientists to tackle social problems.
Posted In: big data

Political ads keep community papers afloat

National and local politicians still use print ads to reach specific voting blocs.
Posted In: newspapers, Political ads, community

SWAT teams are a growing presence in law enforcement

Since the 1960s, more local police departments have added their own SWAT team.
Posted In: police, riots, Ferguson

Why Ferguson's police department uses military weapons

The federal government helps local law enforcement acquire military equipment.
Posted In: Ferguson, police, weapons
Credit card readers

Amazon's mobile card reader could be gold mine of data

Amazon Local Register will collect information about consumers' buying habits.
Posted In: Amazon, apps, Credit card
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighter

The murky world of military aid

The U.S. is helping get weapons to Kurdish forces. But who's paying for them?
Posted In: Iraq, afghanistan, military aid, cia

Everything in this store is made out of felt

Because who doesn't need a dose of felt Prozac every now and again?

Photographing the wage gap over time

Jim Goldberg compares two economic classes through his collection of photographs.

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