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.


Features by Mark Garrison

PODCAST: Tux rentals tucker out

The Pope's opinions on climate change; Humvees and the military; and tuxedo rentals take a tumble.

Vacation, all I ever wanted ... but I don't take one

The average American leaves five vacation days on the table every year.
Posted In: vacation days, vacation
May's retail sales number looks good on the surface.

Good retail sales don't necessarily mean all's well

Retail sales numbers look good, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
Posted In: Retail, Health, numbers, Economy, forecast, lagging indicators
A California Public Employees' Retirement System sign.

Why CalPERS wants a little less to do with Wall Street

CalPERS wants to reduce the number of investment managers that it uses.
Posted In: CALpers, pensions, investment, money managers, hedge funds, private equity

Tesla challenge to dealers goes beyond electric cars

A weakening of state franchise laws could open car dealerships to consolidation.
Posted In: car dealers, tesla, car sales
Bank of America

Bank of America settles: So we're all good now, right?

What reassurances do homeowners, investors, and governments now have?
Posted In: Bank of America, settlement, homeowners, investors
Unaffordable housing

Why, for many, the price of homes is too damn high

One third of counties are less affordable now than they have been in 14 years.
Posted In: Housing, affordable housing, income
Banco Espirito Santo

In Portugal, a 'bad bank' saves the day

Portugal uses a good bank/bad bank strategy to rescue Banco Espirito Santo.
Posted In: Portugal, Banks, bad debt

Wall Street sees an opportunity in baby boomers

Boomers are targets for financial advisers eager for a slice of their retirement.
Posted In: baby boomers, financial planning

The next generation to get corporate attention

It used to be all about Generation Y. Now, meet Generation Z.
Posted In: generation x, generation y


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