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

Impact of class-action ruling

Stock-holders will no longer be able to bring class action lawsuits against companies in state courts. A unanimous Supreme Court closed the state-court door on groups of investors who feel companies deceived them into holding onto shares of stock too long. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Investing

Snow on wages

US Treasury Secy. John Snow says the widening gap between high-paid and low-paid Americans shows how the nation's efficient labor market rewards more-productive workers. Kai Ryssdal speaks with John Dimsdale about Snow's remarks.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

The Retirement Gender Gap

Lower earnings. Longer life span. Lackluster retirement savings. It's a retirement scenario that many women could face. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy, Retirement

Coal ruling

A federal appeals court today struck down an EPA rule that let some power plant operators sidestep expensive requirements to reduce emissions. It's a big victory for state governments and environmental organizations who argued the Bush administration's rule would gut the Clean Air Act. John Dimsdale reports.

Dubai deal fallout

Yesterday, Dubai Ports World said it would transfer management of several American ports to a "US entity." Today, who will take over managing those ports seems less clear. John Dimsdale looks into whether any American companies will bid for the contracts.

Leaving ports

Dubai Ports World has thrown in the towel. Its decision gets the president off the political hook. But it didn't do much to calm Congress. John Dimsdale picks up the story from there.
Posted In: Washington

Ports face-off

GOP lawmakers say they will amend legislation to block the Dubai ports deal, which the president has threatened to veto. But American businesses are taking the president's side. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Washington

OPEC meeting

OPEC ministers gather in Vienna today to discuss future petroleum production. As John Dimsdale reports, the buzzwords at this meeting will be "political stability."

Military recruiters on campus

Universities that accept federal money must allow military recruiters on their campuses, according to a Supreme Court decision today. Some law schools had challenged the right of the campus visits, arguing that the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays violates free speech. John Dimsdale has the story.

Mine safety hearings

In the Senate today, there were hearings about the state of mine safety and health. The hearings come after 24 people have died in American mining accidents in 2006. John Dimsdale reports.


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