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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

United Airlines struggles with computer issues after merger

United’s technical team is scrambling to solve the computer problems that caused long lines of angry people. United has struggled with this since acquiring Continental in 2010.
Posted In: Airlines, United Airlines, Mergers and Acquisitions

Home prices rose in June

U.S. home prices rose almost a percent in June. What does this mean for the big picture, including employment?
Posted In: Housing, case shiller

Home prices expected to rise

The housing market is on its way to a recovery, and data released later today is expected to show home prices are continuing to rise.
Posted In: housing market

Hertz to buy Dollar Thrifty for $2.3 billion

If you think you have a lot of choices in car rentals, you’re wrong. The latest deal caps a long trend of mergers. If it goes through, just three big players will dominate
Posted In: Hertz, rental car

Lance Armstrong ends fight against doping charges

The seven-time Tour de France champion will lose his titles. But he and sponsors are betting his brand will endure.
Posted In: lance armstrong, tour de france

Romney's energy plan: Less regulation, more exploration

But it probably won't have much impact on consumer's pocketbooks, especially when it comes to the price of gas or electricity.
Posted In: Mitt Romney, energy, Oil

Priceline resurrects Shatner for new ads

Pitchman William Shatner appeared to have perished in a Priceline ad in January. So why is he back on air as the Priceline “Negotiator?”
Posted In: priceline, advertising

Shoes are the heart of department stores

Macy's has opened the biggest shoe section in the world. Like other New York department stores, Macy's sees shoes as the hook for women shoppers.
Posted In: Retail, Macy's, shoes

The Ryan effect -- on brands, even hobbies he likes

Political stars have a way of driving business. What impact will Paul Ryan’s passion for fitness and outdoor activities have in the marketplace?
Posted In: Paul Ryan

U.S.'s credit rating cut defies dire predictions

A year after Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, interest rates are lower than ever. Who made the right -- and wrong -- predictions?
Posted In: Standard & Poor's, S&P, downgrade

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