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

Fed plan partly hinges on the wealth effect

Stocks rise after the Federal Reserve’s aggressive intervention, but how broadly will Americans benefit? The richest 10 percent own most of the stock.
Posted In: QE3

What happened to Occupy Wall Street's fundraising haul

One year ago Monday, a group of people gathered in a then-obscure park in lower Manhattan, kicking off what would become the global phenomenon of Occupy Wall Street. So what's happened to all the money?
Posted In: Occupy Wall Street

After Europe's bond move, all eyes on the Fed

The European Central Bank says it will buy sovereign bonds to prop up ailing economies. What will the Federal Reserve do next week?
Posted In: Federal Reserve

What's the value of 'trending'?

Some pay to have their their views considered as hot topics on Twitter, but what do they get for their money?
Posted In: Twitter, marketing

Creating jobs vs. creating good jobs

Economists and politicians are watching the job market closely. On Friday, the monthly employment report is released. But if jobs are being created, are they good jobs?
Posted In: Jobs

Drug companies cash in on curing animals

Animal health care is the fastest growing sector of health care. Medicine for the pets we love and the livestock we eat is a more than $4 billion business for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer.
Posted In: veternarian, pets, animals

Conflicting messages from the Fed in Jackson Hole

Ben Bernanke delivers a highly anticipated speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Posted In: Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve

Expectations limited for Bernanke's Jackson Hole speech

Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is set to give a big speech at an economic conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It's a place with a little bit of Fed history.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, QE2

Citigroup settles shareholder lawsuit for almost $600 million

Four years after the financial crisis, it's like the chickens of 2007 and 2008 are finally coming home to roost.
Posted In: Citigroup, lawsuit, financial crisis

Isaac sparks talk of tapping oil reserves

Hurricane Isaac is battering the Gulf, which means a huge chunk of American oil drilling and refining is off line. There’s talk of America tapping into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Posted In: Hurricane Isaac, Oil, strategic oil reserves

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