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

Border and immigration issues

A group of Texas sheriffs are in Washington today, testifying before the Senate's Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee about border issues in their state. This comes as the Senate is debating a wide range of immigration reforms. John Dimsdale has the story.

Natural gas royalty flap

The Department of the Interior is expected to tell a Congressional panel today that the government was not short-changed $700 million in gas company royalties, as originally reported. John Dimsdale explains.

Small businesses revive in New Orleans

Today is Mardi Gras, and John Dimsdale has the story of business owners in New Orleans who returned soon after the hurricane blew out of town. Despite obvious challenges, they're finding business opportunities.

NOLA small businesses

In honor of Mardi Gras, reporter John Dimsdale checks in with small business owners in the Big Easy to chart their progress in the six months since Katrina.

The IRS wants you

The Internal Revenue Service reports millions of taxpayers are due a refund that will revert back to Uncle Sam if they don't claim the money soon. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

No room at the inn

Six months after Hurricane Katrina blew through New Orleans, many hotels are just getting back in business. Sure, rooms are booked for Mardi Gras. But unfortunately for New Orleans, this year's scarcity of lodgings isn't due to excess demand from well-heeled tourists. John Dimsdale reports.

Microsoft eyes mobile e-mail

Microsoft has plans for a new smart-phone, which they say will be cheaper and receive e-mails faster than rival RIM's BlackBerry. Microsoft hopes the savings will persuade companies to issue mobile e-mail phones to their rank-and-file. John Dimsdale reports.

House leadership election

Today, House Republicans chose John Boehner as their new leader to replace Tom DeLay, who's under indictment. Kai Ryssdal speaks to our DC Bureau Chief John Dimsdale about the vote.

Budget cuts

A bill to cut nearly $40 billion in government spending is on its way to President Bush for his signature, but the final vote in the House was a squeaker. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

State of the Union

John Dimsdale delves into the economics of President Bush's State of the Union address.
Posted In: Economy


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