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

Fly me to the moon

Last fall, we reported on the opulent trips some legislators enjoyed on the tab of private interest groups. They're not the only ones; a new study shows that the executive branch is sharing in the perks. John Dimsdale reports.

Playing with your retirement?

State & local governments have promised retirement benefits to millions of public employees. How much do those promises add up to? We're about to find out, and taxpayers may be in for a shock. John Dimsdale reports.

The winter of Republican discontent?

Today a major Republican spending bill was, surprisingly, defeated in the House. Wait, don't they have the majority? And that wasn't the only bad news for the GOP. Kai Ryssdal asks John Dimsdale -- what's up?

Oil Company Smackdown

A Republican Senator has slipped a provision into a tax bill that would bring in $5 billion from oil companies next year. It's that windfall profit tax that the industry fears. John Dimsdale has more.

Getting to know Ben

Ben Bernanke goes before the Senate Banking Committee today for the toughest job interview of his life, for Federal Reserve Chief. What will we learn about him? John Dimsdale has some ideas.
Posted In: Wall Street

Bernanke hearings

The Senate Banking Committee opens hearings today on Ben Bernanke's nomination as chairman of the Federal Reserve board. John Dimsdale reports.

Senate tax cuts

The Senate Finance Committee takes up a proposal today to cut taxes at the same time Congress is considering cutting social programs to reduce the deficit. As John Dimsdale reports, critics see a contradiction between the two efforts.

Prescription drugs, what a headache

A new survey shows a plurality of seniors have a negative view of the new Medicare prescription drug program. At the same time, a separate study shows more prescription drugs are being brought illegally into the U.S. from other countries. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Health

Senators to grill Big Oil on windfall profits

CEOs from ExxonMobile, CononcoPhillips and three other oil companies go before a joint Senate committee today to try and justify record profits in light of record high gas prices. John Dimsdale reports.

Job growth "soft and anemic"

U.S. companies created 56,000 jobs in October -- not nearly as big a jump as was expected. John Dimsdale reads the employment tea leaves.


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