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

Lobbying firm ASG shuts down. Kinda.

Alexander Strategy Group, a lobbying firm with close ties to Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay, is shutting down its lobbying business. But as John Dimsdale reports, some ASG employees hope to form a new firm... with the same clients.

Newsflash - education important

The US Chamber of Commerce thinks a lack of skilled graduates is harming US competitiveness. So today, it announced plans to begin ranking school systems by their performance. John Dimsdale reports from Washington.

A sleepness night for influence peddlars?

Today lobbyist Jack Abramoff pled guilty to federal criminal charges in a growing influence-peddling scandal. As John Dimsdale reports, Abramoff's willingness to cooperate means he's likely to testify against several members of Congress.

Who left the Windows open?

Microsoft is scrambling to fix a flaw in Windows which reportedly leaves users vulnerable to spyware, viruses and other bad things. Microsoft will put out a software patch -- they're just not sure when. John Dimsdale reports.

Money for nothing

A new report out says that American companies are increasingly avoiding prosecution for corporate crimes. John Dimsdale has the story.

Inverted yield curve

A rare economic phenomenon occurred today - the yield curve on Treasury Bills inverted. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has more on what that means - and why it's not a good sign for the American economy.
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Declining home sales

Today, the Commerce Department said home sales slumped 11.3 percent in November, the largest one-month decline since January 1994. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has the story.

Help for the Gulf Coast

The defense budget bill includes $29 billion to help jumpstart the economy of the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast. The money will be used to rebuild levees, highways, bridges, schools and houses. John Dimsdale reports local government officials got their wish, but much of the federal money comes with few strings attached.

Defending ANWR

Senators today turned down the idea of opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The provision was attached to a $450 billion Pentagon bill, whose future is now in doubt. John Dimsdale reports from Washington.

Defense bill as Christmas tree

In an effort to pass controversial provisions like drilling in ANWR, senators have tacked them onto a "must-pass" appropriations bill to fund defense programs, like so many ornaments on a Christmas tree. John Dimsdale reports.


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