Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace. He is currently on leave, studying at Columbia Business School on a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. 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. 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° and part of the team that won Peabody and duPont Awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian tsunami, respectively.

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 graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology. 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.

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Features by Mark Garrison

What Apple learned from a luxury hotel

Consulting firms bring in tens of billions of dollars a year, but it's not just other consulting firms competing for contracts. Companies you've heard of, like Disney and MTV, are in the game too.
Posted In: consulting

PODCAST: Big data meets big sickness

Companies who want to make sure their products are in the right place at the right time to capitalize off of flu season are turning to social media. And, there’s a benefit to charitable giving beyond the warm and fuzzy holiday spirit -- such donations can shave a bit off the year’s tax bill.

Post-Twitter IPO: "Suddenly everyone thinks you’re Santa Claus"

Things can get a little awkward this time of year for the newly-rich, as certain friends and family members raise their holiday gift expectations.
Posted In: IPO, Twitter

The stock market is not the economy! OK, what about GDP?

Today's revised GDP number says the country is growing. But what about the people in it?
Posted In: GDP, die hard, Unemployment

Three risks you didn't know about the Fed

Some are worried the Fed will announce that it’s going to stop -- or at least slow -- its stimulative bond-buying program.
Posted In: Fed, taper, Janet Yellen, Ben Bernanke, QE

Why you shouldn't be afraid of Google's new robots

Google is buying Boston Dynamics, which is famous for making cool robots like that mecha-cheetah you've seen on YouTube.
Posted In: Google, Boston Dynamics

The economics behind SNL cast's lack of diversity

"Saturday Night Live" took the backlash over its lack of female black performers seriously enough to hold a special audition.
Posted In: SNL, Lorne Michaels, diversity

Who needs a waiter when you have a smart phone?

You can now use your smart phone to order and pay at some restaurants.
Posted In: dining, restaurants, smart phones, apps

How food companies watch what you eat

Big data's where it's at in consumer analytics right now, but companies are also using anthropology and other social sciences to study us up close and personal.
Posted In: big data, Food, food ethnography, anthropology, Campbells, broth, foodies

Big money at stake in one USC football game

Will the University of Southern California's quest to hire a star coach for its football team be cut short by a victory in Saturday's game?
Posted In: college, Sports, athletics, college sports, business of sports

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