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.


Features by Mark Garrison

PODCAST: Marc Jacobs and Millennials

Weekly jobless claims went up a bit. A look at the employment challenges facing Millennials. And what happens to a luxury brand when its exclusivity is exhausted?

Government shutdown impacts private companies too

The shutdown isn't only affecting federal employees -- the private sector is struggling too.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, Small Business, national parks

American companies plan to cut 40,000 jobs

According to a new report from Challenger, Gray and Christmas.
Posted In: Jobs, layoffs, employment

Dessert wars -- an iconic pie is victorious in trademark settlement agreement

The end of a delicious trademark dispute involving an iconic dessert and a fried chicken legend.
Posted In: pie, trademark

A look at the employment challenges facing Millennials

Jeremy Feador is a 27-year-old part-time worker in Cleveland, Ohio, and has been struggling to find full-time employment.
Posted In: jobs report, Millenials, youth, Unemployment, youth unemployment, Jobs

PODCAST: Don't forget to worry about the debt ceiling while you're worrying about the shutdown

The greater concern over the debt ceiling. Who do we really owe all that $16.7 trillion to anyway? And a new site aims to be a LinkedIn for the blue-collar crowd.

Markets fret over the shutdown and debt ceiling

Worries about the shutdown lead to more worries about the debt ceiling.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt ceiling

PODCAST: Government shutdown is bad right? So how are politicians capitalizing on it?

Government shutdown has investors worried. But turns out, it's a great time for politicians to raise some cash. And Japan will be raising its national sales tax by 3 percent.

Post-9/11 GI Bill means a new Greatest Generation

The new GI Bill, signed into law five years ago, boosted educational funding available for veterans who served after 9/11.
Posted In: military, GI Bill

PODCAST: Kenya death toll and the U.S. government shutdown

The death toll rises in Kenya. A looming government shutdown. And cracking down on fake online reviews.


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