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

Following the money on the new IRS rules

How much light will the new IRS rules shed on political dark money?
Posted In: Citizens United, political donors, scotus

Battle lines are drawn in consumer electronics price war

Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season.
Posted In: Best Buy, retailers, Black Friday, holiday shopping

Wall Street tries its hand at stand-up comedy

When Wall Street tries to get some laughs.
Posted In: comedy, business, Wall Street

What did $13 billion just buy J.P. Morgan?

Most banks with legal exposure to the financial crisis are dealing with the lawsuits one-by-one. Not J.P. Morgan Chase.
Posted In: financial crisis, Mortgages, settlements, Jamie Dimon, J.P. Morgan Chase

Best Buy 3.0? The big box reinvented

Best Buy avoided the fate of other big box electronics retailers like Circuit City, but the company is still threatened.
Posted In: Best Buy, big box, showrooming

Stack ranking: The inter-office Hunger Games?

Stack ranking is the office equivalent of grading on a curve.
Posted In: ranking system

Like mobile banking? Thank a veteran

USAA, the bank for military members and their families, pioneered mobile banking technology.
Posted In: usaa, banking, mobile

Lifting Iran sanctions would be complicated

Secretary of State John Kerry and others are discussing lifting some sanctions against Iran.
Posted In: sanctions, Iran, nuclear program

What bronies have to do with the economy

GDP numbers came in today. They looked good at first glance, but there's a hidden story there. A bad one.
Posted In: GDP, toys, my little pony, bronies

Can you make money helping out Google Helpouts?

Google launches its new video-conferencing advice and how-to service, called Google Helpouts.
Posted In: Google Hangouts, google plus, how-to, DIY

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