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

Visions of sugarplums

Next on the Senate's docket will be a $450 billion Pentagon spending bill. Holding up this bill is a last-minute amendment giving oil companies permission to drill in Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge. John Dimsdale reports.

Ain't no levee high enough

The president has requested approximately $3 billion to repair New Orleans' levees. But the commitment is far less than local officials say is needed to withstand future hurricanes. John Dimsdale reports.

Horsetrading in D.C.

Host Kai Ryssdal spoke to Marketplace's DC Bureau Chief John Dimsdale about the various deals members of Congress are cutting to ensure funding for pet projects.

DirecTV fined

December's phone bill is turning out to be a big one for DirecTV. The Federal Trade Commission has fined the satellite television company almost $5.5 million. Regulators say telemarketers working for DirecTV made sales pitches to households that had signed up for the Do Not Call list. From Washington, Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
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Offering choice to avoid having to offer choice

The nation's largest cable companies have announced plans to offer packages of family friendly channels. This as lawmakers threaten to more tightly regulate the industry over decency concerns. John Dimsdale reports.

Tax cuts; where will they come from?

The House is set to pass another round of tax cuts today, but spending cuts will only make up half of the budget shortfall. Kai Ryssdal spoke to Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale about the cuts.

Running on empty?

On Capitol Hill today, a House Energy subcommittee considered the future of oil supplies. Is there enough? As John Dimsdale reports... depends on whom you ask.

Political advertising?

Ford has announced it will no longer advertise its luxury brands in gay publications. A spokesman insists it's a business decision, but some believe Ford is caving in to pressure from conservative Christian groups. John Dimsdale reports.

Everything's coming up roses?

President Bush held a press conference in the Rose Garden to tout the news: The economy's back. Employers created 220,000 new jobs in November, and consumer confidence is up. Of course, Alan Greenspan noted, so is the deficit. John Dimsdale reports.

Home loans for the holidays

Most homeowners who were forced to flee houses and jobs when Katrina hit were given a 3-month reprieve from mortgage payments. But time's up today, and John Dimsdale reports that for many, it's too soon.


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