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

Coffee table books weather publishing's decline

Though the publishing industry is struggling against the rise of e-readers, publishers of art books -- the big volumes that adorn coffee tables -- are doing well.
Posted In: publishing, ebooks

Businesses face post-Sandy challenges

Some New York stores have products but can't ship them. Others can't get merchandise, and more importantly, wonder whether shoppers will return.
Posted In: Retail, Hurricane Sandy

Local advertisers long to reclaim airwaves

Shut out for months by political commercials, businesses face more pain when they can resume local TV ads: High rates due to pent-up demand.
Posted In: Political ads, swing state

Sandy strands elderly in New York highrises

New York is boosting food deliveries to elderly residents stuck in powerless high-rise buildings. Nonprofits are scrambling to help too.
Posted In: elderly, New York City, Hurricane Sandy

Lower Manhattan flickers back to life

Despite the loss of power in lower Manhattan, Wall Street and some nearby businesses reopen. But downtown is dead compared to midtown.
Posted In: manhattan, Hurricane Sandy, electricity, New York City

Markets face challenge reopening after Sandy

Wall Street gets back to business tomorrow now that the storm has passed by NYC. How will investors react following the layoff?
Posted In: NYSE, Wall Street, Hurricane Sandy

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

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