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, media, transportation, retail, marketing and culture. During the 2012 campaign, he reported on money in politics as part of the Marketplace multiplatform 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.

Garrison is an avid home cook and loves to explore the culinary world both in his free time and through his journalism. In addition to Marketplace, his reporting and commentary on food and drink has appeared on NPR, Slate, CBC, History Channel, Cooking Channel, 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

Why you shouldn't be afraid of Google's new robots

Google is buying Boston Dynamics, which is famous for making cool robots like that mecha-cheetah you've seen on YouTube.
Posted In: Google, Boston Dynamics

The economics behind SNL cast's lack of diversity

"Saturday Night Live" took the backlash over its lack of female black performers seriously enough to hold a special audition.
Posted In: SNL, Lorne Michaels, diversity

Who needs a waiter when you have a smart phone?

You can now use your smart phone to order and pay at some restaurants.
Posted In: dining, restaurants, smart phones, apps

How food companies watch what you eat

Big data's where it's at in consumer analytics right now, but companies are also using anthropology and other social sciences to study us up close and personal.
Posted In: big data, Food, food ethnography, anthropology, Campbells, broth, foodies

Big money at stake in one USC football game

Will the University of Southern California's quest to hire a star coach for its football team be cut short by a victory in Saturday's game?
Posted In: college, Sports, athletics, college sports, business of sports

Following the money on the new IRS rules

How much light will the new IRS rules shed on political dark money?
Posted In: Citizens United, political donors, scotus

Battle lines are drawn in consumer electronics price war

Best Buy says it’s preparing deep discounts – even if they put profit margins at risk – to win the holiday season.
Posted In: Best Buy, retailers, Black Friday, holiday shopping

Wall Street tries its hand at stand-up comedy

When Wall Street tries to get some laughs.
Posted In: comedy, business, Wall Street

What did $13 billion just buy J.P. Morgan?

Most banks with legal exposure to the financial crisis are dealing with the lawsuits one-by-one. Not J.P. Morgan Chase.
Posted In: financial crisis, Mortgages, settlements, Jamie Dimon, J.P. Morgan Chase

Best Buy 3.0? The big box reinvented

Best Buy avoided the fate of other big box electronics retailers like Circuit City, but the company is still threatened.
Posted In: Best Buy, big box, showrooming

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