Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace.

Based in New York, Mark joined Marketplace in 2012. He covers a variety of topics, including economics, marketing, employment, banking, the military, media and culture. In 2014 – 2015, Mark 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 WNYC. He also reported from Germany for international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Mark’s career spans TV, 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, the History Channel, the Cooking Channel, Slate, CBC, WNYC and KPCC. He has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

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



Features by Mark Garrison

Is the new pope the 'CEO' of the Vatican?

Pope Benedict’s rare decision to resign won praise as a management move, but his tenure featured marketing and financial challenges.
Posted In: Pope Benedict XVI, pope, Catholic church

100 days later, many Sandy victims lack homes

Many New York and New Jersey residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy face hurdles in returning to their homes of finding housing close by.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Fax machine's goal line stand: NCAA signing day

The fax is a relic in many workplaces. But when it comes to signing up football recruits, coaches gather round the fax machine...waiting.
Posted In: college football

Why many Americans are sitting out stock surge

With stocks back at pre-financial crisis levels, some small investors are stepping gingerly back into the market. With encouraging corporate and economic news, why the hesitance?
Posted In: Dow, stock market

PODCAST: The White House weighs in on jobs and a look at Super Bowl ad flops

The White House weighs in on new jobs numbers out today and a look at the greatest flops of Super Bowl ads.
Posted In: podcast

U.S. creates 157,000 jobs in January

In its jobs report for the month of January, the Labor Department made major revisions to its numbers for the months of November and December, revealing even stronger job growth at the end of the year than previously thought.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment

Super Bowl tickets, at deep discount

There's still time to score tickets to this Sunday's Super Bowl. And this year, you're in luck: Ticket prices have gone down, way down -- to a relatively low $1,000.
Posted In: Super Bowl, Ravens, 49ers

PODCAST: Super Bowl tickets at deep discount and a U.S. technology now in Chinese hands

Super Bowl tickets for sale at -- relatively -- low prices and a Chinese firm is approved to buy a U.S. electric car battery company.
Posted In: podcast, Super Bowl

The enduring impact of the fiscal cliff

The fiscal cliff debate may have ended on January 1st, but if you thought that was the last you'd heard of it, think again.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, consumer spending

January layoffs down 24 percent from 2011

According to a new report, January layoffs were up 24 percent from December but down 24 percent from the previous year, which could indicate relatively low unemployment rates for the month. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release the latest unemployment numbers on Friday.
Posted In: Unemployment, Economy, Jobs


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