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



The Supreme Court rules in favor of Walmart

The Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling that more than a million female employees could join in a lawsuit accusing Walmart of paying women less than men.
Posted In: Crime

Senate votes to repeal ethanol subsidies

This $6 billion tax credit pays oil refiners to mix gasoline with ethanol. It looks like Congress may be more open to raising revenue than expected.

Cost estimate for a non-war

President Obama says U.S. action in Libya doesn't fall under War Powers Act -- and its cost is limited.

President Obama wants to jumpstart jobs

Obama is pressing tourism and green energy jobs. His jobs czar, GE's Jeff Immelt, says easing visa applications and upping energy efficiency would help. Really?
Posted In: Jobs

Vice President Biden wrestling budget deal

Joe Biden continues to meet with top lawmakers. With the economy sputtering, more stimulus is now part of the discussion.

NATO in financial trouble

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said scarce European financial support for NATO risks making the alliance irrelevant.

Race for IMF chief coming to a head

It's assumed Christine LaGarde will get the job. Emerging markets complain Europeans always run the IMF, but they haven't been able to coalesce around their own candidate.

OPEC meets Wednesday under pressure to raise quotas

Experts say OPEC might not raise output when it meets, despite Libya's production outage. Saudi Arabia is already compensating for the outage.
Posted In: Oil

GOP argues spending cuts help private sector

Spending cuts are likely to be part of any deal to lift the debt ceiling. Conservatives argue without these cuts, raising the debt ceiling just hurts private sector jobs.

GOP hopes to sell Amtrak's Northeastern corridor

As a part of the Republican plan to reduce the federal deficit, House members plan to privatize the nation's most profitable rail system.
Posted In: Transportation


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