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

A man explains the stock market's recent fluctuations on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange last Wednesday in New York City, the third day in a row the NYSE had invoked Rule 48.

When markets are turbulent, it's time for Rule 48

This obscure little element of the NYSE playbook helps take the stress out of trading
Posted In: stock market, NYSE, rule 48

The recession changed how we shop

Retailers must deal with frugal customers who grab deals and dash.
Posted In: coupons, frugality, discounts
Director Wes Craven arrives at the premiere of "Scream 4" back in 2011 in Hollywood, California.

Wes Craven's legacy: Hollywood loves horror

As the director demonstrated, it doesn't take a big budget to make a huge hit.
Posted In: movies, horror movies, movie studios, hollywood, wes craven

They're a hot investment, but are ETFs safe?

The infrastructure behind these funds may not be keeping up with their growth.
Posted In: ETFs, Investing, markets; stocks; trading

Just how strong are those fundamentals?

Even though the markets are roiled, the U.S. economy is solid. Right?
Posted In: stock market, GDP, U.S. economy
A Tiffany & Co. windows design inspired by "The Great Gatsby" at the company's flagship store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The battle for Chinese luxury buyers is fought on areas such as Fifth Avenue.

China's luxury buyers are an endangered species

Market turmoil could hit makers of high-end products particularly hard.
Posted In: China, luxury, financial markets
A recent New York Times article reported on Amazon's workplace conditions, which talked about the company's long working hours and competitive atmosphere.

Is Amazon alone?

Even the perks at technology companies reinforce long hours.
Posted In: benefits, work culture, long hours, Amazon

Concert industry headed for a record year

The top of the earnings list leans heavily on the back catalog.
Posted In: summer, concerts, revenue

Firms, organized labor wait for major ruling

The case is about employees working for subcontractors or franchisees.
Posted In: labor, NLRB, standards, corporations
Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters visit New York.

Sesame Street's new address at HBO

The educational children's show is set to air on the channel for the next five seasons.
Posted In: Sesame Street, HBO, television


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