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. Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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.

Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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 InquirerCairo Today magazine, Middletown PressNew Haven Register and for Pacifica Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC and the CBC.

Mitchell 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

Salmon fillets shown at a sale at a fish market in Sydney. In the U.S., genetically engineered salmon has been approved for sale, without labeling, by the Food and Drug Administration.

Salmon first GMO animal OK'd for sale

A Massachusetts bio-agriculture firm can now market its fast-growing GMO salmon, without special labeling.
Posted In: genetically-modified food, Food, FDA

Increased security could come to U.S. soft targets

After a terrorist attack in Mali, are major hotels in the U.S. beefing up security?
Posted In: Mali, hostages, hotels

Home building improves in fits and starts

Housing starts fell sharply in October, while permits rose substantial. Over the past three years,they've nearly doubled.
Posted In: Housing, apartments, housing boom
An old apartment building in disrepair is to be demolished in Portland, Oregon to make way for market-rent development. Affordable housing activists held a small protest against the demolition, which went forward.

Inflation is tame — unless you're a renter

Rents are up 3.7 percent nationwide, and by double digits in some urban markets.
Posted In: inflation, renters, demolition, apartments

Classic "contour" Coke bottle turns 100

The 1915 design is considered iconic. It has inspired pop art and a global sales juggernaut.
Posted In: Coke, bottles and cans, Coca-cola

Job market tightens but still challenging

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey shows slow improvement in job-seekers' odds.
Posted In: JOLTS, factory jobs
A couple walks on the beach.

Email is not a perfect match for dating sites

Match Group released details of its IPO. One hurdle for future business: email.
Posted In: IPO, websites, dating
People stand in a line that stretched around the block to enter a job fair.

Jobs jolt higher in October

Unemployment falls to its lowest level since 2008.
Posted In: employment, Jobs

U.S. steel suffers from global competition

Domestic steel producers are being undercut by cheap imports.
Posted In: steel, China, imports

Valeant: how aggressively can a drug company sell

Valeant is under scrutiny for its business practices.
Posted In: Valeant, philidor, drug costs


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