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.

Features By Mitchell Hartman

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Sam's Club severs 10% of workforce

Wal-Mart announced it will cut 11,200 jobs from its Sam's Club warehouse division, a move coming shortly after the company closed 10 poorly-performing stores. Mitchell Hartman reports who's hurt the most by the move.
Posted In: Jobs, Retail
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Ruling opens up political ad frontier

In the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on campaign financing, the companies who will turn corporate and union money into political ads look to win big. Mitchell Hartman reports.
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YouTube previews Sundance for pay

For $4, Sundance fans can go to YouTube for any of five films available for rent from the festival. The site wants to rope in some indie cred to draw advertisers and eventually wants to charge for Hollywood films as well. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Internet
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Military under fire for biblical gunsights

The military is scrambling to decide what to do about some of the gunsights it's been buying for the Army and Marines. References to biblical passages are inscribed on them. Mitchell Hartman reports.
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States owe billions in unemployment

A ProPublica study shows half of the state unemployment systems in the U.S. are deeply in debt. So far, states have borrowed $25 billion from the Feds in order to keep paying laid-off workers. Mitchell Hartman explores states' repayment options.
Posted In: Jobs
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J&J in trouble over alleged kickbacks

The U.S. Justice Department is charging Johnson & Johnson with paying millions to a big pharmacy company in order to increase sales of its prescription drugs. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Crime, Health
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Figure skating won't slip from ratings

U.S. figure skating doesn't enjoy the same mega-ratings it did when it boasted names like Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. But as the top sport in the Olympic Winter Games, fans are still expected to tune in. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Sports
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Foreign companies struggle in China

Whatever its censorship policies, China's legal protections for foreign companies are better than they used to be. But there are still many other obstacles to overcome, and China risks soiling its business reputation. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Internet
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Signs of economy improving in retail?

Big retail chains have been reporting how their stores did in December, and the overall numbers have been better than expected. Does that mean the overall economy is improving? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Retail
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Will consumers jump into 3-D TVs?

ESPN is going to launch a new 3-D channel. With 3-D movies like "Avatar" busting out at the box office, will we all need new TVs and set-top boxes to watch? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science, Sports

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