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

Firms, organized labor wait for major ruling

The case is about employees working for subcontractors or franchisees.
Posted In: labor, NLRB, standards, corporations
Big Bird and other Sesame Street characters visit New York.

Sesame Street's new address at HBO

The educational children's show is set to air on the channel for the next five seasons.
Posted In: Sesame Street, HBO, television
Hopscotch co-founder and and Chief Technology Officer Samantha John (foreground) and Asha Gupta, head of product, at work on a technical question in the company’s New York offices.

Women, venture capital and bias

An experiment reveals obstacles female entrepreneurs face in finding investors.
Posted In: entrepreneurs, workplace diversity, start-ups

Quiz: How do consumers feel about luxury handbags?

High-end brands can't get a handle on post-recession sales.
Posted In: handbags, Coach, Michael Kors, kate spade, wealth
With its purchase of DirecTV, AT&T will offer a new TV and mobile phone service bundle.

AT&T's new bundle could shake things up

The company's first offering since acquiring DirectTV is getting a lot of attention from industry watchers.
Posted In: AT&T, directv, bundles, mobile phones
Though the U.S. economy grew in the second quarter, annual growth rates from previous years are down from their initial reported numbers due to seasonality adjustments.

'Tis the season to review winter's GDP

Turns out the economy grew instead of shrinking.
Posted In: GDP, economic growth, seasonality

Homes and trucks: friends forever?

How pick-up truck sales are affecting the housing and construction industry.
Posted In: Ford, Housing, Chevy

American foodmakers see new market with TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership talks have renewed a fight between the U.S. and EU.
Posted In: Food, food labels, labeling
HBO Go is one video-subscription provider in a business dominated by profit loss.

Password sharing's open secret

Why aren’t the players cracking down? Some see value in freeloaders.
Posted In: video, streaming, subscription models

For Amazon, e-retail is just the tip of the iceberg

The online store celebrated 'Prime Day,' but in 20 years, it's become much more.
Posted In: Amazon


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