Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace.

Based in New York, Mark joined Marketplace in 2012. He covers a variety of topics, including economics, marketing, employment, banking, the military, media and culture. In 2014 – 2015, Mark studied at Columbia Business School on a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. During the 2012 campaign, he reported on money in politics as part of the Marketplace collaboration with PBS’s Frontline, which won the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.

His previous public radio experience includes newscasting for NPR, The Takeaway and WNYC. He also reported from Germany for international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Mark’s career spans TV, radio, online and print media, including national and international travel to cover breaking news on elections, trials and natural disasters. Among his previous employers are NBC, ABC and CNN. At CNN, he was senior editorial producer for Anderson Cooper 360°, part of the team that won Peabody, Emmy and duPont awards.

Apart from the news business, Mark is most experienced in the restaurant world, as a cook, bartender, manager and server. That sometimes proves useful in his journalism. Besides Marketplace, his reports and commentaries on food and drink have appeared on NPR, the History Channel, the Cooking Channel, Slate, CBC, WNYC and KPCC. He has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Mark has a master’s degree from Columbia University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia. A member of a military family who lived in many places growing up, Mark now resides in Brooklyn with his wife. They enjoy culture, food and travel throughout America and abroad.



Features by Mark Garrison

 A UPS worker delivers packages last December in Chicago. Bad weather and a higher than expected demand from online sales caused FedEx and UPS to miss many Christmas delivery deadlines last year, a problem the company is looking to address early this year

Shopping sites are ready for your business

Shippers too. That is, if weather and traffic cooperate.
Posted In: Black Friday, holiday shopping, cloud computing, shipping

Portland puts its best foot forward in shoe design

Global trading, toy making, and shoe making.

There's a big racial disparity in NIH funding

Aside from sheer fairness issues, the racial gap could hurt patients, too.
Posted In: NIH, research funding, racial disparity
Lin-Manuel Miranda performs at 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City.

The long reach of the Broadway hit 'Hamilton'

The show about the U.S. financial system's architect is a hit off Broadway, too.
Posted In: Hamilton, broadway, Founding Fathers
This year, Hallmark will be marketing its signature Keepsake Ornament with digital advertisement only, opting for filters on Snapchat instead of television spots.

Hallmark ads get edgier and more digital

The maker of Keepsake ornaments is trying a new strategy to reach harried moms.
Posted In: Hallmark, online ads, television ads

The possible impact on tourism in Paris

How will the attacks in Paris affect tourism?
Posted In: paris, Paris attacks, Travel

Prescription drugs, there's an app for that

Consumer feelings headed into the holidays, and prescription drugs via phone app.

A big day for singles

Singles Day, fantasy sports, and healthcare for the an aging Latino population.
Bonuses are becoming more commonplace.

Bonuses aren't just for bankers anymore

Looking to cut costs, companies are turning to incentive pay over raises.
Posted In: compensation, bonuses, Wall Street bonuses, human resources

SeaWorld faces a PR challenge

SeaWorld releases its earnings. Can the company recover from bad publicity?
Posted In: seaworld, whales, orca


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