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

America's coal heads overseas

What happens to the coal not burned in the U.S.
Posted In: coal mining, coal, carbon emissions

PODCAST: Turning over a new Leaf

Dollar store mergers, electric car woes, and marketing to Muslim Americans.

GM's post-recall strategy pays dividends

The automaker has handled the crisis over faulty ignition switches well. What now?
Posted In: GM, car recalls, compensation

Why Boeing and Delta are dueling over the Ex-Im bank

We explain the implications behind Boeing and Delta's massive fight over the Export-Import bank.
Posted In: Boeing, Delta, Ex-Im Bank

SIB spells a way for financiers to do social good

SIB's, or social impact bonds, let investors do good and make money
Posted In: bonds, Goldman Sachs
Malaysian Airline

Why planes fly through dangerous airspace

We look at how airlines respond to volatile, violent situations on the ground.
Posted In: flying, Malaysian Airlines, planes, ukraine

Corporate inversion: an expensive way to save on taxes

Abbvie will pay $53 billion to buy Shire, with a view to cutting its tax burden.
Posted In: corporate inversion, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxes

The difference a half second makes

A Chicago Fed paper proposes dividing trading sessions into half second periods.
Posted In: high-frequency trading

Federal prosecutors end 81 conviction win streak

The not guilty verdict may mean insider trading convictions will be harder to get.
Posted In: insider trading

Why a guy with 15 mobile phones still has a landline

41% of homes in the US are mobile phone only, but cord-cutting may have plateaued.
Posted In: cell phone, landlines, cord cutting


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