David Gura is a reporter for Marketplace, based in the Washington, D.C. bureau. He regularly reports on Congress and the White House, economic and fiscal policy and the implementation of financial reform. Gura joined Marketplace in 2010, and enjoys helping listeners make sense of some of the biggest economic stories today. He likes the process of diving headfirst into a story and putting it together under a tight deadline, and tries to heed a piece of advice from George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker: “Cover Washington as if it’s a foreign capital.” Prior to joining Marketplace, Gura worked at NPR as an editor and a producer, and as a reporter for “The Two-Way,” NPR’s news blog. Gura got his start in public radio in his hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C., as an intern for “The State of Things” at North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC.   Gura has received fellowships from Stanford University and the National Constitution Center. He has also participated in conferences organized by the French-American Foundation and Washington University in St. Louis.   Gura attended Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s degree in history and American studies, with a concentration in Latin-American studies. He attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, from which he received a master’s degree.  

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Features by David Gura

How the U.S. trade deficit is like Goldilocks

The U.S. trade deficit for October is expected today. The expectation is that Americans didn't sell all that much more to foreign buyers in October. But we didn't buy much more either. David Gura explains.

Weekly unemployment drops by 17,000

The number of people filing for first time unemployment benefits fell last week, by 17,000. These numbers are the second lowest of the year. David Gura explains.
Posted In: Jobs

Investors dump bonds after President Obama's announcement

The market has reacted to President Obama's announcement yesterday of an agreement to extend tax cuts and unemployment. David Gura explains.

Bernanke returns to "60 Minutes"

Ben Bernanke makes his second "60 Minutes" appearance to address criticism of his policies from economists and politicians. David Gura explains.

Deficit plan fails, but commission still wants to talk

The deficit plan failed by just three votes, but members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform said they want to keep working towards a plan.

Federal deficit plan fails to snag votes needed for Congressional debate

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform proposed a deficit-reduction plan that failed to get the 14 votes needed to be sent to Congress for debate. But the plan created interesting debate among lobbyists and advocacy organizations.

Special interest groups slam proposals to cut the deficit

The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility will vote on a proposal to slash the federal deficit, but lobbyists and special interest groups have been slamming the proposal ever since it was released. David Gura has more.

Fed names banks that got bailed out

In a major reveal today, the Federal Reserve -- thanks to the Dodd-Frank Act -- released the names and numbers related to the bank bailout. David Gura reports on what comes next.
Posted In: Banks

Bank executive paychecks are still high

Part of the popular discontent with Wall Street during the financial crisis was how much money a lot of bankers were making. And although there have been efforts to enact pay limits on executives, it seems that they haven't stuck. David Gura reports.
Posted In: Banks

Internet rating sites move in on Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau was considered a reliable source on everything from bars to gas stations. But the non-profit's reputation recently took hit when it was accused of using a pay-for-play system. Now competitors like Yelp are gaining traction. David Gura explains what went wrong.
Posted In: Small Business

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