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

At World Retail Congress Africa, U.S. brands try to figure out a 'frontier market'

American companies are trying to figure out how to make money in Africa.
Posted In: Africa, Retail

No wintry grave for Cronut craze

A culinary lesson in scarcity, supply and demand ... and demand ... and demand, via the 'cronut.'
Posted In: cronut, Food, scarcity

Your bank teller will live inside an ATM

The future of retail banking is becoming increasingly high tech. Whether customers like it or not.
Posted In: Tech, banking, ATM, Bank of America, NCR, virtual

Bankers go to boot camp

USAA goes to unusual lengths to ensure its staff understand their customers.
Posted In: usaa, banking, military, veterans

Divvying up the $13 billion JP Morgan fine

We're getting early reports of a potential $13 billion settlement over mortgage securities, of which $4 billion would go to consumers.
Posted In: Banks, fines, mortgage mess, JP Morgan Chase, Jamie Dimon

A deal on the debt ceiling in sight?

Republicans and Democrats are using words we haven't heard in a while, like "progress," "forward," and "movement."
Posted In: undefined

Markets thrilled with possible debt limit deal

Some House Republicans are inching toward a debt ceiling deal.
Posted In: debt ceiling, government shutdown 2013, Congress, GOP

Ghosts of TARP haunt community banks

While the big banks have mostly paid the money back, small community banks are now struggling.
Posted In: TARP, small banks, Banks

Government shutdown threatens housing market, mortgages

The longer the government is closed, the more housing deals could be delayed or even wrecked altogether.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, housing market

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