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

Winter economic slowdown? Not for Campbell's soup

Winter weather is mostly a drag on the economy, but a few businesses love it
Posted In: weather, winter

Eddie Bauer suits Jos. A. Bank just fine

Jos. A. Bank wants to keep another suitor away.
Posted In: clothing, menswear, Men's Wearhouse, acquisitions

PODCAST: How to make it rain (cash) in California

President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the agriculturally-rich city of Fresno, Calif. to address the state's drought.
Posted In: drought, Barack Obama

Comcast's competition isn't cable companies -- it's Netflix

Comcast’s merger with Time Warner Cable will create the biggest cable company in the nation – if not the world
Posted In: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Mergers and Acquisitions

More students are taking AP exams, which don’t come cheap

The percentage of high school graduates who have taken AP tests have doubled.
Posted In: AP tests, college board, college admissions, high school

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: How many chances does he get?

Isn't his board getting tired of the mea culpas?
Posted In: aol, tim armstrong, CEOs

Unrest imperils Thailand's economy

Protesters in Thailand have been taking over polling stations ahead of Sunday's elections.
Posted In: Thailand

Icahn wants eBay to set PayPal free

Carl Icahn wants eBay to spin off PayPal, separating the online auction site from the digital payment service. eBay’s CEO wants to hang onto PayPal.
Posted In: ebay, paypal, Carl Icahn

New report shows few finish free online courses

College courses with a 95 percent dropout rate would trigger alarm bells at most universities, but researchers at Harvard University and MIT says that’s potentially fine, at least in the case of some massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Posted In: harvard, moocs

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