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

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.

PODCAST: Mystery bill, Egypt credit goes downhill

What’s next for Washington in 2013? An interesting twist, in the murky politics of Italy. Egypt gets downgraded. And the mystery of the one-thousand dollar bill Salvation Army donation continues.

Economic signals mixed as year comes to a close

Fiscal cliff negotiations continue to worry markets, but end of the year holiday sales are bringing some cheer to the economy.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, holiday shopping, Retail

Dr Pepper takes on no-cal with low-cal sodas

A year after launching Dr Pepper TEN, a diet drink targeted at men, Dr. Pepper Snapple says it will unveil new 10-calorie drinks to challenge zero-calorie brands.
Posted In: Dr Pepper, soda, calorie

Dentistry for kids proves a hot career field

Pediatric dentistry is the fastest-growing dental specialty, as rising demand by parents makes it lucrative--and the kids make it fun.
Posted In: dentist, children

Google close to settlement with FTC

Google's expected deal with the Federal Trade Commission would end an investigation into whether the search engine steered Internet users to its own site.
Posted In: Google, FTC, anti-trust

Local businesses still struggling after Sandy

Sandy's enduring problems for commuters and small businesses are on display in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy, new jersey, hoboken

Alternate inflation index could save billions

To avoid the fiscal cliff, some want to change the Consumer Price Index to reflect lower real inflation. That would cut Social Security payments.
Posted In: CPI, inflation, fiscal cliff

Nanobrewing: Craft beer's hot start-up trend

Breweries that make only a few kegs of beer at a time are growing, as demand opens doors for home brewers to turn their hobby into businesses
Posted In: craft beer, beer, brewery


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