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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.

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Features by John Dimsdale

President Obama targets oil price manipulators

President Obama announced a new crackdown on illegal manipulation of oil prices by traders. He's asking for stronger regulations, bigger penalties for violators and more cops on the regulatory beat.
Posted In: Barack Obama, Oil

A look at the Obama campaign's money strategy

From small donors, big donors and super PACs, where will the president be getting his campaign cash?
Posted In: Barack Obama, 2012 election, campaign contribution

Uncle Sam doesn't mind taxpayers paying extra

Tomorrow is Tax Day. Some people write checks for more than they owe to help pay down the nation's public debt.
Posted In: Taxes, deficits

Surprising new emerging market investment destinations

A new report says that countries like Mexico, Nigeria and Turkey are joining China, India and Brazil as the hottest countries for emerging private equity market investment.
Posted In: Investing

President Obama pushes Buffett rule

Traveling in Florida, the president continued to press his case for the proposed tax reform that would require Americans who make more than a million dollars a year to pay 30 percent of their income in federal taxes.
Posted In: Warren Buffett, Buffett Rule, tax code

Mike Huckabee's new show takes on Rush Limbaugh

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee launches his syndicated radio show today, in the same timeslot as Rush Limbaugh. The new competition comes at a time when Limbaugh's ratings have been falling quickly.
Posted In: Rush Limbaugh, Mike Huckabee, radio

What's at stake in the health care decision

It's day one of Supreme Court arguments over President Barack Obama's health care reform law.
Posted In: health care reform law, Washington D.C., Supreme Court

What health care reform means for small businesses

In the Supreme Court today, arguments over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's massive health care reform will be heard. The challenge is being brought by 26 states -- and also small business organizations.
Posted In: health care reform law, Small Business

FDA weighing ban on chemical BPA

By the end of the month, the Federal Drug Administration needs to decide whether to ban BPA in food and drink containers. Bisphenol A makes plastic more pliable, but some scientists say it may have adverse effects on human health.
Posted In: BPA, FDA

Big Obama donors missing in action

President Barack Obama has raised just half of what he got from big donors at this point in his election campaign four years ago.
Posted In: Barack Obama, 2012 election, 2012 campaign

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