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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

Resisting Retirement

Worried about not having enough to retire on? Working just a little bit longer may turn out to be a lot better. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement, Taxes

(Not so) New Gulf Authorization

The Administration is expected to ask Congress to authorize another $20 billion for Katrina recovery efforts, but much of the money was already authorized once before. John Dimsdale looks at what's behind the request.

Performing surgery on Medicare and Medicaid

Congress is making a big push this week to come up with spending cuts to help lower the federal budget deficit. In the spotlight today were proposals to trim Medicare and Medicaid. John Dimsdale reports from Washington.
Posted In: Health

A new man for the Fed

Today the president announced his nominee to become Alan Greenspan's replacement: Ben Bernanke. If confirmed, he'll be Fed Chairman when Grenspan retires in January. John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Economy

Bad winds for trade

This morning we got a reminder of the long-term effects of Rita and Katrina on the economy. The Census Bureau says the storms disrupted trade in and out of harbors in the Gulf of Mexico more than we thought. John Dimsdale reports.

Welfare reform back in play

Congress is considering a bill to extend the welfare reforms signed into law 10 years ago. Plus add a few more of its own. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has that story.

Tort reform, aka cheeseburgers and guns

Today the House passed the "cheeseburger bill," limiting lawsuits against fast food. Up tomorrow: a bill to shield gunmakers from certain liabilities. John Dimsdale explains.
Posted In: Washington

Streamlining the tax code

A tax panel appointed by President Bush has recommend changes to the tax code. The simple summary: Simplify. John Dimsdale has the story.
Posted In: Washington

A new tax code — maybe

The president has appointed a special panel to recommend changes to the tax code, all 3.5 million words of it. Today the panel said it's time to simplify. John Dimsdale has the story.
Posted In: Washington

Making Katrina ends meet

Lawmakers were back in Washington today with plenty to do. On the agenda? Cutting spending to deal with costs in Iraq and on the Gulf Coast. Marketplace's Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale talks to Kai Ryssdal.


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