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.


Features by David Gura

Number of 'disconnected youth' on the rise

Millions of young people are out of school and have no jobs.
Posted In: youth, high school, Jobs

Defense education, training programs at stake if no fiscal deal reached

If a deal isn't reached on the fiscal cliff, the Defense Department faces half-a-trillion dollars worth of cuts across the board. So why can't lawmakers come to an agreement?
Posted In: fiscal cliff, defense

SEC: Watchdog or lapdog?

With Mary Schapiro stepping down as chairwoman, how effective is the SEC in policing securities markets?
Posted In: Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro

Mary Schapiro: The woman who 'saved the SEC'

Mary Schapiro, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, announced that she will leave her position. Schapiro took her post at the SEC just after the financial crisis and is credited with helping to craft reforms to prevent future economic disasters.
Posted In: Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Schapiro, financial reform

Worries grow over cuts to unemployment aid

During the recession, Congress lengthened unemployment aid to a maximum of 99 weeks. If not renewed, the current extension will expire at the end of the year.
Posted In: Unemployment, fiscal cliff, unemployment benefits

Election donors already looking ahead to next campaigns

It has been two weeks since the election, and the big number we're going to focus on is: $6 billion. That's how much money was spent on the 2012 campaign... And a lot of that money came from big donors.
Posted In: super PACs, campaign spending

The effects of a short-term 'cliff'

Even a brief slide off the 'fiscal cliff' is likely to reverberate through the economy.
Posted In: fiscal cliff

Banks absent from Obama business gathering

American Express is the only financial services firm to attend the president's CEO meeting on the fiscal cliff.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, american express

Google search in North Carolina: Jobs

Struggling N.C. county lures Google facility with incentives. Were they worth it?
Posted In: Google, North Carolina, Jobs

Health care, fiscal cliff still raising questions post-election

Now that President Barack Obama has been re-elected, it's time to get to work. Two pressing issues: moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and the looming fiscal cliff.
Posted In: health care, insurance exchanges, fiscal cliff


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