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

Banks sue a California city trying to take over underwater mortgages

Richmond, Calif., is trying to help distressed homeowners by reducing the principal on their mortgages using eminent domain.
Posted In: real estate, housing bubble, eminent domain, Housing, california

Chafing at the high price of U.S. wheat

American wheat growers are facing stiff competition this year from cheaper crops in Romania and the Ukraine.
Posted In: wheat, Agriculture, farms

Wildland firefighting: A family affair

It's been a tough year in wildland firefighting with multiple deaths in Arizona and elsewhere. This mother-daughter pair grapple with the stress, danger and excitement.
Posted In: fire

Compared to stocks and real estate, the job market’s a slacker

Unemployment claims are down; economic growth is up, as are car sales and stock prices. But the question remains, will all that add up to more jobs?
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, jobs report

162,000 jobs added, unemployment falls to 7.4%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the economy added 162,000 jobs last month, falling below analyst expectations. The unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent.
Posted In: Jobs, jobs report, Unemployment

Retailers score as judge rules debit card fees are too high

A judge has ruled the fees banks have been charging retailers for each and every debit-card transaction are too high.
Posted In: debit cards, fees, Retail

Police can your track cellphone's location, but you knew that already...didn't you?

If police want to track your movements using old calls you made on your cellphone, they can get the information from your cellphone company without a warrant.
Posted In: Cellphones, surveillance, data, privacy

Twinkie workers are back on the job, but making less

Twinkie bakers follow in the footsteps of foundry workers, baggage handlers, and others, as restructured companies hire employees back at lower wages.
Posted In: Jobs, Labor Unions, labor, union, Twinkies

Hedge funds out bid would-be homeowners

The homeownership rate has now fallen to 65 percent from a high of 69 percent in the mid-2000s.

Home prices in Denver, Dallas at all-time highs

Closely-watched Case Shiller index shows further jump in home prices in most markets.
Posted In: real estate

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