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

Chick-Fil-A: When politics impact business

The Chick-fil-A president’s opposition to gay marriage raises the question: Is it good for business to be politically outspoken?
Posted In: Chick-fil-A, religion

Antsy consumers prompt weak corporate results

As companies miss their sales targets, more are citing weak consumer confidence as the reason for lower expected profits this year.
Posted In: consumer

Ford looks to lighten its pickup trucks

Ford reportedly plans to swap aluminum for much of the steel in its F-150 pickup truck. Will the gamble for fuel efficiency fly with customers?
Posted In: Ford, aluminum, steel

Vogue weighs in, literally, with September issue

Vogue's September issue has 658 pages of advertisements. What makes this fashion staple the Super Bowl of magazine editions?
Posted In: Vogue, fashion, magazine, advertising

For corporate health, check sales -- not profit

Nearly halfway through earnings season, companies are making profits but falling short on sales. The sluggish economy is taking a toll.
Posted In: corporate profits, Earnings

Sesame Street steps into Indian education business

Sesame Street has long licensed toys. Now it has entered the for-profit preschool market in India by franchising its curriculum.
Posted In: Sesame Street, preschool

Oil services firms get squeezed by slowdown

Schlumberger and Baker Hughes help big oil drill. But their business is softening as some drillers pull back due to the economic slowdown.
Posted In: Oil

'Dark Knight Rises' hits economic inequality theme

The new Batman film is an action flick spiced with an undercurrent of economic inequality. Bruce Wayne, after all, is a one-percenter.
Posted In: The Dark Knight Rises, Batman, film, Entertainment, Occupy Wall Street

Housing market shows signs of revival

New home construction figures could provide momentum to the sense that the housing market is finally turning the corner.
Posted In: Housing

NBA seeks to protect players' nest eggs

Many pro athletes squander their fortunes. To prevent financial flame-outs, the NBA will enroll players in a retirement plan.
Posted In: Retirement, NBA

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