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


The end of the job listing?

Zappos dropped traditional job postings for a social networking hiring system.
Posted In: zappos, hiring, job interviews
Fair Trade

Study: Fairtrade doesn't always yield highest wages

A UK report says coffee grown under Fairtrade conventions doesn't always yield the highest wages for farmers.
Posted In: Fair trade, farming

HP to layoff 16,000

That’s on top of tens of thousands of layoffs already announced.
Posted In: Hewlett-Packard

AT&T’s $48.5 billion bid for your everything

AT&T is buying DirecTV, and the deal is all about bundling.
Posted In: AT&T, directv

PODCAST: Some (temporary) relief at the pump

Gas prices are leveling off. A new rail line in London. TV's upfronts.

When it comes to benefits, the poorest get less

A new study finds a pattern as to the poorest are receiving fewer benefits.
Label from a package of Foster Farms chicken

Food prices rise but shoppers won't pay more

Retailers are paying higher food prices but passing them on to shoppers is a risk

U.S. manufacturing has an image problem

The industry's trying to attract the next generation of workers.
Posted In: manufacturing, STEM, Education

The high-tech shop teacher of the future

Manufacturing has an image problem, especially with younger people.
Posted In: manufacturing, high school
Consumer Spending Rises Sharply During Month Of March

Weak retail sales and the danger of discounts

A new report shows that April's retail sales increased 0.1 percent.
Posted In: retail sales, new numbers


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