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

The new measure of America

'Measure of America' is an index that wraps GDP, general well-being and access to opportunity into one number.
Posted In: GDP, happiness

Setting up a marijuana market in Washington from scratch

As much as marijuana initiatives are an experiment in drug legalization, they are also a business experiment. How do you set up an entirely new commercial marketplace worth billions?
Posted In: marijuana, Washington

Who owns the happy birthday song?

Documentary filmmaker Jennifer Nelson is challenging the copyright to the happy birthday song after being asked to pay $1,500 to Warner Music to use the tune in her film.
Posted In: copyright, lawyers, Music, film

Immigration bill's border security cost could jump even more

A proposed amendment would double the number of new Customs and Border Patrol officers and add another $6 billion for border security.
Posted In: borders, Immigration

Consumers are upbeat even as job creation lags

Economists see an improvement in consumer confidence, partly driven by the stock market and rising home prices.
Posted In: Jobs, consumer confidence, jobs report, Unemployment

Many would-be first-time homebuyers fear taking the plunge

Would-be homebuyers are nervous because of the housing crash and the instability of the job market.
Posted In: Housing, housing market, mortgage

Will the Bangladesh factory disaster help U.S. labor organize?

Walmart employees and other low-wage workers hope the spotlight on U.S. companies in Bangladesh galvanizes support for their campaigns at home.
Posted In: unions, Bangladesh, low-wage work, clothing, labor

Home prices are rising fast. Should we be worried?

Many economists say the housing uptick is solid and could give the recovery a needed boost. But some urge caution.
Posted In: Housing

Does McDonald's have too many items on the menu?

Fewer choices might speed up service and put the 'fast' back into 'fast food', and it just might help you enjoy your burger more.
Posted In: McDonald's, fast food, food and drink

Join the live discussion on military lending

We're hosting a live chat on our investigative series on predatory lending to soldiers and their families.

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