Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace. Based in New York, Garrison joined Marketplace in 2012. He covers a variety of topics including economics, marketing, employment, banking, the military, media and culture. In 2014-2015, Garrison 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 New York’s WNYC. He also reported from Germany for international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Garrison’s career spans television, 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, History Channel, Cooking Channel, Slate, CBC, WNYC and KPCC. He has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Garrison 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, Garrison now resides in Brooklyn with his wife. They enjoy culture, food and travel throughout America and abroad.


Features by Mark Garrison


The IMF gave Ukraine $17 billion. Now what?

The IMF approves a $17 billion loan for Ukraine as separatists in Eastern Ukraine seize power and Russia threatens.
Posted In: ukraine, IMF

Who wants to be bigger than the U.S.? Not China!

China is on track to be the world's biggest economy faster that economists thought.
Posted In: China

The person managing your future, revealed

Like it or not, more and more Americans have their futures tied to Wall Street.
Posted In: investment, Retirement, 401k

Preparing middle-class workers for middle-skill jobs

Middle-skill jobs can support middle-class lives, but our education system isn’t getting people ready for them.
Posted In: manufacturing, middle class, middle skills

Bureaucracy, from e-cigs to internet neutrality

The FDA proposes a ban on the sale of e-cigs to minors and the FCC proposes new internet rules.
Posted In: Washington, D.C., regulations, fcc, FDA
Tavern On The Green

The business of tourist traps

The iconic New York restaurant Tavern on the Green is reopening Thursday under new ownership after being shut down for years.
Posted In: tourist traps, Tavern on the Green

God quietly rules the box office

Movies you've never heard of make a fortune at the box office.
Posted In: religion, hollywood, film
Goldman Sachs booth

The market's great expectations

Fine tuning market expectations is important for public companies.
Posted In: Wall Street, guidance, analysts, whiteboard

Blind spot: VC and minority business

VCs are more likely to invest if executives are the ethnicity of investors.
Posted In: venture, VC

Never mind Letterman. What about his band?

How late night bands are chosen, and what elevation to that esteemed slot can mean.


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