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

Federal prosecutors end 81 conviction win streak

The not guilty verdict may mean insider trading convictions will be harder to get.
Posted In: insider trading

Why a guy with 15 mobile phones still has a landline

41% of homes in the US are mobile phone only, but cord-cutting may have plateaued.
Posted In: cell phone, landlines, cord cutting

Truckers strike at key port for trade with Asia

Escalation of the strike at this major port could have a nationwide impact.
Posted In: trucks, labor rights

Charge your phone, or you can't fly with it

One man's security hassle is another's business opportunity.
Posted In: TSA, airports

Report finds Latinos are underrepresented in the media

One of the fastest growing ethnic groups is largely absent from American media.
Posted In: Latinos, media

PODCAST: GoPro's next move

IKEA raises wages, GoPro goes public, and the struggle for Latino representation in the media.

PODCAST: Oakland's Silicon Valley

Removing the ban on oil exports, plus increasing diversity in the tech industry.

PODCAST: Specialty drugs

Context to the latest housing numbers, climate change as an economics problem, and more on specialty drugs

Watchmaking revived by at-risk youth

An unusual program combines students from tough backgrounds and expensive watches
Posted In: watches, job training
Dov Charney

No, companies don't usually fire their founders

American Apparel's Dov Charney ouster was a rare move.
Posted In: CEOs, founders, ouster, firing


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