Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace. 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. In 2014-2015, Garrison 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 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°, 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, History Channel, Cooking Channel, Slate, CBC, WNYC and KPCC. He has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Garrison 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, Garrison now resides in Brooklyn with his wife. They enjoy culture, food and travel throughout America and abroad.


Features by Mark Garrison founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, back in June of 2014.

Amazon takes on Google and Apple

The retailer is giving up a cut of device sales in a plot to rule streaming media.
Posted In: Amazon Prime, apple, Google, Retail, streaming tv

At this factory, the workforce is paid in pennies

Does prison labor represent unfair competition for private industry?
Posted In: prison labor, Small Business, North Carolina
The worst-case numbers scenario for Volkswagen makes it responsible for more than 40,000 tons of pollution in America.

What if it's not just Volkswagen?

In countries where diesels are popular, the extra ozone pollution could add up.
Posted In: Volkswagen, pollution, air pollution
ESPN is losing subscribers.

More trouble ahead at ESPN

Caught between cord-cutters and rising licensing fees, the network is in a bind.
Posted In: espn, cord-cutting, layoffs
Inmate Odell Blue at work in the road sign plant.

Ever wonder who makes those big highway signs?

The people who do may never get a chance to actually see them in use.
Posted In: road signs, prison labor, state agencies
A bitcoin medal is displayed at a bitcoin trading club meeting in Tokyo.

Regulation may be coming for Bitcoin

An American financial regulator has its eyes on the virtual currency Bitcoin.
Posted In: bitcoin, bank regulations, Cryptocurrency

Why Anheuser-Busch InBev wants SABMiller

The reasons: scope, scale, and pressure.
Posted In: beer, SABMiller, Anheuser-Busch

U.S. auto makers optimistic about European sales

But the dollar's strength against the euro makes things tricky.
Posted In: auto market, car sales, Auto, auto industry

Kroger experiencing a strong run on Wall Street

...and it's about to open the largest Kroger in history.
Posted In: Kroger, grocery stores, Food

PODCAST: The jobs report for August

Jobs report for August, sanctions against China, and a change in the healthcare industry.


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