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

Why Snickers is poised to rule the candy world

Snickers is predicted to overtake M&M's as the top-selling candy in the world this year. The mix of salty and sweet is proving a winning formula overseas.
Posted In: candy, Snickers

Hockey lockout, again, hurts small businesses

The second NHL lockout in less than a decade threatens to hurt small businesses in and around hockey arenas.
Posted In: business of sports, NHL, Small Business, hockey

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

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