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


Breaking up is hard to do, especially if you're the biggest union in the country. Marketplace's John Dimsdale explains what the future might hold for union workers.
Posted In: Jobs

Who Will Pay for Pensions?

This week on Capitol Hill, the topic was pension plans. Some companies say they now can't deliver on their promise of pensions, and the government agency that insures pensions is already in the red. Marketplace's John Dimsdale has our story.
Posted In: Investing, Retirement

AMT's a Changin'

Congressional leaders agree the alternative minimum tax needs reform. Changing the tax code could cost the government billions of dollars. Marketplace's John Dimsdale reports.
Posted In: Taxes

Washington Notebook

President Bush delivered his fifth State of the Union this past week. Much of it focused on economic policies - like changes to Social Security and decreasing the deficit. But how will President Bush's domestic platform be treated on Capitol Hill? Joining Kai to talk about these issues is Marketplace's DC Bureau Chief John Dimsdale.
Posted In: Economy

Paying for Social Security

Privatization, privatization, privatization...President Bush wants to reform Social Security by partially privatizing the system. Do it yourself retirement…sounds promising? But what are the costs? Marketplace's John Dimsdale does the math.
Posted In: Jobs, Retirement

Lame Duck Congress

Lawmakers have migrated back to Washington to finalize unfinished business, and battle over a slew of spending bills. Technically, it's not their money... it's ours. Marketplace's Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale explains how the bills might affect us...
Posted In: Economy

Gas and the Economy

Oil is in demand, thanks to a world economy firing on all cylinders, especially in China and the U.S. The price per barrel has been ranging between forty and fifty dollars since last spring, and this week the price of oil hit a new record high. What does this mean for the economy? Reporter John Dimsdale has an answer.
Posted In: Economy

Are You Covered?

Weary Floridians are coping with yet another hurricane this weekend...Ivan. The giant storms have been a sobering surprise for homeowners in the Sunshine State trying to use insurance money to rebuild. In many cases, policies don't pay for all of the necessary reconstruction. From public radio's business program Marketplace, John Dimsdale reports.

Retirement countdown

Let's talk about retirement. What if it's around the corner, and your countdown has begun? What steps should you take to prepare? What do you do with your home? Or your health insurance? Reporter John Dimsdale says you'd be well advised to think about these issues now, instead of later.
Posted In: Retirement

Washington, DC roundup

Kai checks in with the Washington, DC Marketplace Bureau Chief, John Dimsdale, on how Congress is dealing with issues that influence your pocketbook: interest rates, the U.S. oil reserve, and mutual funds.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Savings


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