John Dimsdale has spent almost 40 years in radio. As head of Marketplace’s Washington, D.C., bureau, he provides insightful commentary on the intersection of government and money for the entire Marketplace portfolio.

As Dimsdale notes, “Sooner or later, every story in the world comes through Washington,” and reporting on those issues is like “… going to school with all the best professors and then reporting to listeners what I found out at the end of the day … Can you believe they pay me to do that?”

Dimsdale began working for Marketplace in 1990, when he opened the D.C. bureau. The next day, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, triggering the first Gulf War, and Dimsdale has been busy ever since.

In his 20 years at Marketplace, Dimsdale has reported on two wars, the dot-com boom, the housing bust, healthcare reform and the greening of energy. His interviews with four U.S. Presidents, four Hall-of-Famers, broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, computer scientist Sergey Brin, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey stand out as favorites. Some of his greatest contributions include a series on government land-use policies and later, a series on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site.

Before joining Marketplace, Dimsdale worked at NPR, the Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Post-Newsweek Stations and Independent Network News.

A native of Washington, D.C., and the son of a federal government employee, Dimsdale has been passionate about public policy since the Vietnam War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Dimsdale and his wife, Claire, live in the suburb of Silver Spring, Md., and when not working, he enjoys traveling, carpentry, photography, videography, swimming and home brewing.

Features By John Dimsdale



Tour the new consumer finance protection agency

The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opens today in Washington, one year after President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law. A tour of the offices shows what the bureau is as it opens, even though it has yet to get a director.

Wall Street prepares for a U.S. debt default

Louise Story, business reporter with the New York Times, discusses her article on Wall Street's fallback plans if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd.
Posted In: Wall Street

Congressional spat threatens funds for FAA

The Federal Aviation Administration could face a shutdown this weekend if Congress cannot agree on budget subsidies. The major sticking point is subsidies for small, rural airports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Why the economic slowdown may help prevent heatwave power outages

With national temperatures hitting record highs this summer, energy experts express concerns over the nation's power supply.

'Gang of Six' Senators propose debt compromise

A new package in the works would not only raise the debt ceiling, but would also take a bite out of the nation's public debt. But could it pass in time for the August 2nd default deadline?

Richard Cordray new pick for consumer bureau head

President Obama today will not announce Elizabeth Warren to be his nominee to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray is expected to get the nomination.

Bernanke questioned on Capitol Hill

Lawmakers got their once-in-a-quarter shot at grilling Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke today. Many of the questions appeared to have less to do with matters like stimulus and the debt ceiling, and more to do with representatives' political agendas.
Posted In: The Federal Reserve

President could make good on U.S. obligations

Some scholars say it is illegal for the U.S. to default on its obligations -- and the president could have the bills paid by executive order.

The slowing economy changes debt-ceiling talks

Increasing signs that the U.S. economy is stalling are strengthening talk that the government has to help create jobs, not just cut spending.
Posted In: Economy

Lawmakers oppose 20% down payment mortgages

Lawmakers want to kill a proposal requiring at least 20 percent down payments on certain mortgages. But some say big down payments would avert foreclosures.
Posted In: Housing


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