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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

Obama plan to help homeowners spur housing recovery

President Obama announces a new program to help eliminate what he calls a stubborn drag on the economy.
Posted In: Housing, foreclosure, mortgage, refinance

Warm winter creating heating fuel glut

Forecasters say the unusually mild winter so far over the East and Midwest could reduce heating costs 20 percent. Good news for those who pay the heating bills. Maybe not so good for those who sell the fuel.
Posted In: weather, fuel economy

Drones lead the way to tighter defense budgets

Facing nearly half a trillion dollars in mandated budget cuts over the next 10 years, the U.S. Defense Department will spend more on technology like robots and drones -- and less on soldiers, ships, fighter planes and other conventional weapons.
Posted In: military, drones

SOTU focuses on jobs, manufacturing in the U.S.

In last night's speech, President Obama proposed more incentives for U.S. manufacturing, better training for workers and relief for struggling homeowners.

Will Congress get anything done in 2012?

As President Obama delivers his State of the Union address, Congress seems poised for a political stalemate.
Posted In: State of the Union, Congress, deficit-cutting

State of the Union: Obama to accentuate the positive

Tomorrow night's State of the Union address will ride recent, positive economic news and offer job training, education programs.
Posted In: State of the Union, Barack Obama

Week in review: Food stamp use on the rise

Is Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich justified in calling President Obama the "Food Stamp President?"
Posted In: food stamps, 2012 election, poverty, Barack Obama

Price of oil rises slightly above $100 a barrel

Saudi Arabia is using a steady hand to ensure stable prices of oil, even if that means increasing supply. It's in their best economic interest.
Posted In: Oil, Saudi Arabia

Raising the debt ceiling could be easier this time

The U.S. Treasury is once again set to reach its borrowing limit. But this time around, it might not spark quite the same debates in Washington as last time around.
Posted In: debt ceiling

Food stamp use is only rising

A surge in food stamp use is being fueled by middle-income people who have lost their jobs or homes.
Posted In: food stamps

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