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.

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Features by Mark Garrison

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

Will taxing the wealthy really work?

It depends on the definition of wealthy. But however wealth is measured, increasing their taxes won't solve the whole budget problem.
Posted In: Taxes, wealthy, fiscal cliff, Bush tax cuts

McDonald's suffers first sales drop in nine years

McDonald's same-store sales fell in October due to lower global demand, increasing competition and gains by “higher end” fast food chains.
Posted In: McDonald's

Obama re-election douses Wall Street

Share prices tanked the day after Obama’s re-election. Wall Street had rooted for Romney and his corporate, investment and personal tax cuts.
Posted In: 2012 election, Wall Street

Next president inherits hopeful economy

Whoever it is, the next president could benefit from an improving economy. Housing prices are rising again and unemployment is expected to fall.
Posted In: 2012 election, fiscal cliff

Coffee table books weather publishing's decline

Though the publishing industry is struggling against the rise of e-readers, publishers of art books -- the big volumes that adorn coffee tables -- are doing well.
Posted In: publishing, ebooks

Businesses face post-Sandy challenges

Some New York stores have products but can't ship them. Others can't get merchandise, and more importantly, wonder whether shoppers will return.
Posted In: Retail, Hurricane Sandy

Local advertisers long to reclaim airwaves

Shut out for months by political commercials, businesses face more pain when they can resume local TV ads: High rates due to pent-up demand.
Posted In: Political ads, swing state

Sandy strands elderly in New York highrises

New York is boosting food deliveries to elderly residents stuck in powerless high-rise buildings. Nonprofits are scrambling to help too.
Posted In: elderly, New York City, Hurricane Sandy

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