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

Google hits the hill

Google has hired a full-time lobbyist in Washington. Why does an online search engine need to lobby the government? John Dimsdale asks just that question.
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Refineries on the Hill

The House is scheduled to vote on a bill today to speed up construction of new refineries. And environmentalists are worried. John Dimsdale reports.
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Examining the energy bill

Tomorrow the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a plan to get more gas coming out of the nation's refineries. But — surprise — the bill's not without controversy. John Dimsdale has more.

Bush confers with the press

Wide-ranging is one way to describe the President's press conference today. He talked about nominee Harriet Miers, steroids in baseball, and how to pay for Katrina reconstruction. John Dimsdale has more.

On the economic docket

Before John Roberts put on his new Chief Justice robes this morning the president nominated White House counsel Harriet Miers to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. John Dimsdale looks at the Supreme Court's case load.

A new Supreme Court

John Roberts is sworn in as Supreme Court Chief Justice today and the President has nominated Harriet Miers to take Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's seat. John Dimsdale looks at the business cases on the Court's docket.

Ford pares parts vendors

Ford buys $90 billion of brakes, bumpers, and other parts every year from more than 2,000 manufacturers. Today, it announced streamlining plans to and cut suppliers in half. John Dimsdale reports.

Party's over, back to work

They're sweeping up confetti in St. Louis today after Change To Win concluded its founding convention. With the hoopla over, what's the new federation's first priority? John Dimsdale reports from St. Louis.

Ripples from the ports

It's not just oil and natural gas shipments that've been disrupted by Katrina's winds and rains; seaports from Alabama to Louisiana got hit hard, too. John Dimsdale reports on the port slowdown.

Living the E-Life

We've all seen the ads marketing the convenience of online banking. Which made us wonder: Is using the Internet for paying bills and buying groceries as hassle free as the commercials suggest? Marketplace's John Dimsdale went e-tailing and reports on whether online saves time.


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