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

Superstorm Sandy could pack an economic punch

As the hurricane-turned-superstorm Sandy heads for densely populated and economically vibrant regions. Its costs could spread to housing, consumer spending and jobs.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Economists encouraged by third-quarter growth

The government is estimating U.S. GDP grew two percent for the past three months. The figure is better than economists had expected -- but then again, they weren't expecting much.
Posted In: GDP, consumer spending, government spending

Stern to step down, after transforming NBA's business

NBA commissioner David Stern will step down in 2014 after 30 years at the league's helm. In that time, it transformed from an also-ran sport into a $5 billion a year business with a global following.
Posted In: Sports, basketball, NBA

CEOs rally to pressure politicians on deficit

With the fiscal cliff looming, an all-star group of CEOs wants both parties to get serious about the deficit. The fix they're calling for will be tough for both parties to swallow.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, federal budget, Taxes, budget deficit

Weak earnings drag down stock market

Just in time for Halloween something has Wall Street spooked. Yesterday, the Dow fell by more than 200 points for the second time in three trading days.
Posted In: Dow, stock market, UPS, 3M

President Obama drops budget surprise at third debate

President Obama's debate vow that a trillion dollars in automatic spending cuts “will not happen” took Washington by surprise. Making those words a reality will require a bipartisan deal that has been elusive so far.
Posted In: sequestration, debate

Economic issues to take center stage in debate

Foreign policy is the official topic of tonight's final presidential debate, but look for both candidates to connect global issues to American jobs.
Posted In: debate, 2012 election

In debate, candidates get tough on China

As the presidential race shifts towards foreign policy, the candidates trade jabs over China on outsourcing and currency manipulation.
Posted In: China, outsourcing, currency

As publishing declines, bookshelves evolve

The long decline of the physical book is affecting how bookcases are marketed and used in homes.
Posted In: publishing, ebooks, Books

Secret campaign donations -- so what?

Nonprofit social welfare organizations may become more potent political donors than super PACs. And they don't have to disclose who gave money.
Posted In: 2012 election, super PAC, super PACs, campaign contributions

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