Mitchell Hartman is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Entrepreneurship Desk and also covers employment.

A veteran Marketplace reporter, he was hired in 1994 as an assistant producer on the Marketplace Morning Report, hosted that program in 1996 and 1997, and then served as commentary editor and features editor for all Marketplace productions.

Hartman left Marketplace in 2001 to move to Portland, Ore., where he served as editor of a statewide business magazine, Oregon Business, and was subsequently editor of Reed College’s alumni magazine. In 2008, Hartman returned to Marketplace to serve in his current position, filing reports from his bureau’s base at Oregon Public Broadcasting in his adopted hometown of Portland.

Since 2008, Hartman has produced a number of broadcast series, including, "Different States of Unemployment" (spring 2009) and "Help Not Wanted" (summer 2010).

He also traveled to Egypt to cover the Arab Spring. Hartman enjoys his work as a radio reporter because it provides him the opportunity to “ask impertinent questions and exercise my curiosity to the max.”

Before his career with American Public Media, Hartman worked in human rights and refugee advocacy for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). He has also worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Cairo Today magazine, Middletown Press, New Haven Register and for Pacifica Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC and the CBC.

Hartman is a native of Teaneck, N.J., and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.

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Features by Mitchell Hartman

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Salmon runs hit records, even as drought threatens future

Salmon are returning to the Columbia River at levels not seen in nearly a century.
Posted In: salmon, fishing industry, climate change, Food
A man stands next to a window at the Google Inc. office in Washington, D.C., U.S.

Google's PAC spends in search of political influence

Google's Political Action Committee has spent $1.43 million on political donations so far this year, more than Goldman Sachs. Why is the tech giant shelling out and where does the money go?
Posted In: Google, political donations, Goldman Sachs
Rows of Amazon employees send out packages in Germany during the holiday season. The retail giant announced seasonal hiring will increase 14 percent this year at its growing distribution centers.

Holiday hiring is a path to permanent jobs, for a few

Retailers are adding a lot of temps, but what's the long-term employment benefit?
Posted In: Amazon, seasonal hiring, employment, holiday workers
A building permit sign hangs on a fence in Des Plaines, Illinois. Years after the recession, the home-building industry is finally starting to look up.

For homebuilders, things are looking up...just a bit

People are starting to buy homes again but challenges like tight credit remain.
Posted In: housing crisis, housing market, home buying, construction

In a robust labor market, more people say 'I Quit.'

The Quits Rate in the Job Openings and Labor Turnover report remains low.
Posted In: jobs report, Federal Reserve, labor market

Why lower unemployment doesn't mean higher inflation

Inflation hawks see the specter of higher wages and prices in lower unemployment numbers, as workers gain leverage versus bosses.
Posted In: inflation, Jobs, economic indicators

Smaller cable companies are in a tight corner

Faced with price hikes for content, some small cable companies are cutting ties to big providers like Viacom.
Posted In: television, streaming tv, viacom
New cars

Americans appear ready to go shopping again

A new survey says Americans will increase their purchases of big-ticket items.
Posted In: consumer reports, recession, big-ticket purchases

Many young people are not in a position to splurge

So how can marketers get them to purchase investments like houses and cars?
Posted In: millennials, affordable housing, cars
Foreclosure

Nearly half of American households are financially insecure

New research indicates even many middle class families don't have enough saved for an emergency.
Posted In: financial crisis, emergency, household

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