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

Housing market comeback gains more traction

Gus Faucher, senior economist at PNC Financial Services , discusses the housing market, the economy and your paycheck.
Posted In: housing market, inflation, Taxes

Michigan injects politics into tourism slogan

“Pure Michigan” has been a popular tourism slogan. But the state is now using it to attract businesses by touting a new law that curbs union power.
Posted In: Michigan, slogan, right-to-work

The golden business of gold vaults

Gold’s popularity has created growing demand for storage. Gold vaults are spreading from Switzerland to Singapore, as investors want their holdings closer to home.
Posted In: gold

NY debates expensive storm surge barrier

New York weighs options for storm defenses in the wake of deadly Sandy. Among them are expensive waterway barriers to protect against storm surges.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, natural disasters

Minting, not printing, dollars to ease debt

A trillion dollar coin? It’s legal for the Treasury to mint and it could resolve the debt ceiling debate. But don’t bet your paper money on it.
Posted In: debt ceiling, currency

Family Dollar warns of cautious shoppers

Family Dollar fared well during the recession. But despite the rebound and recent tax deal, the discount chain lowers its profit outlook for 2013.
Posted In: family dollar, dollar store

New Year's resolutions for Congress

We asked New Yorkers what resolutions they think members of Congress should make for 2013.
Posted In: New Year, resolution

PODCAST: No more Moutai for officials in China, Affordable Care Tax?

Netflix apologizes for a streaming movie outage. Fiscal cliff or no fiscal cliff -- some taxes are going up next year either way. A look ahead at the environment and energy in 2013. And we'll explain why it's a bad week for Chinese liquor stocks.

Moutai shares tumble in China after goverment restriction

Distillery stocks in China tumble this week after the government announced a ban on high priced spirits at state events.
Posted In: alcohol, China, Xi Jinping, stock market

Markets in Japan and China surge

Japan's export economy is feeling optimistic as Prime Minister-elect Shinzo Abe takes office, and China's consumers look to end the year with a strong finish.


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