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

Local businesses still struggling after Sandy

Sandy's enduring problems for commuters and small businesses are on display in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, new jersey, hoboken

Alternate inflation index could save billions

To avoid the fiscal cliff, some want to change the Consumer Price Index to reflect lower real inflation. That would cut Social Security payments.
Posted In: CPI, inflation, fiscal cliff

Nanobrewing: Craft beer's hot start-up trend

Breweries that make only a few kegs of beer at a time are growing, as demand opens doors for home brewers to turn their hobby into businesses
Posted In: craft beer, beer, brewery

Retailers try to thwart holiday shoplifters

Retailers could lose $9 billion this holiday season to thieves. So stores are trying to stay one technological step ahead of the crooks.
Posted In: shoplifting, Retail

Companies release dividends ahead of fiscal cliff

Fiscal cliff tax questions are why many companies are shoveling money out the door before year's end in the form of special dividends to shareholders.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Costco, Washington D.C.

In holiday season, Sandy repairs continue -- and add up

Hurricane Sandy caused damage and pain across several states. With the clean-up still in its first stages, rebuilding and repairing could become an economic boost.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Black Friday spawns novel shopping days

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are Thanksgiving shopping fixtures. But don’t overlook Black Wednesday and Small Business Saturday.
Posted In: Black Friday, Retail, holiday shopping

As Myanmar opens up, U.S. firms wade in

President Obama’s visit to Myanmar accompanies an easing of trade restrictions that has U.S. companies stepping into the underdeveloped country.
Posted In: Myanmar, Southeast Asia

Another housing agency may need bailout

The Federal Housing Administration may need taxpayer money as delinquencies mount on loans it guaranteed for first-time home buyers.
Posted In: Federal Housing Administration, Housing, bailout

How lame ducks compare in business, politics

President Obama has four more years. Are there lessons from CEOs who have declared when they’ll leave or who face a mandatory retirement age?
Posted In: lame duck, Barack Obama, ceo

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