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

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

Truckers strike at key port for trade with Asia

Escalation of the strike at this major port could have a nationwide impact.
Posted In: trucks, labor rights

Charge your phone, or you can't fly with it

One man's security hassle is another's business opportunity.
Posted In: TSA, airports

Report finds Latinos are underrepresented in the media

One of the fastest growing ethnic groups is largely absent from American media.
Posted In: Latinos, media

PODCAST: GoPro's next move

IKEA raises wages, GoPro goes public, and the struggle for Latino representation in the media.

PODCAST: Oakland's Silicon Valley

Removing the ban on oil exports, plus increasing diversity in the tech industry.

PODCAST: Specialty drugs

Context to the latest housing numbers, climate change as an economics problem, and more on specialty drugs

Watchmaking revived by at-risk youth

An unusual program combines students from tough backgrounds and expensive watches
Posted In: watches, job training
Dov Charney

No, companies don't usually fire their founders

American Apparel's Dov Charney ouster was a rare move.
Posted In: CEOs, founders, ouster, firing
Breaking Bad

4K TV: The shape of things to come, someday

Netflix will stream some of its shows in 4K Ultra HD, whatever that means.
Posted In: 4K, netflix, television, tv


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