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

Alcoa results expected to please

As earning season begins, the former aluminum giant is optimistic.
Posted In: Alcoa, earnings report, Earnings
Fast food and health care workers, and their supporters, march on Dec. 4 in Los Angeles to demand the minimum wage be increased to $15 per hour.

Jobs are rebounding. Why are wages stagnant?

More jobs should demand for and higher wages, but that isn't happening.
Posted In: jobs report, wage growth, economic trends

Legal pot sales could top $10 billion by 2018

Despite federal obstacles, state-legal marijuana businesses take off in a big way.
Posted In: marijuana, legalization
A sign inviting job applications is posted in the window of a Domino's Pizza in Albany, California.

Consumer confidence on the rise at year's end

“People expect the economy to improve, and their personal finances to improve."
Posted In: consumer confidence, consumer behavior, unemployement
Following a merger, Walgreens stores may stock higher-end options that customers can choose from.

Walgreens poised to get bigger and go global

Merger with UK-based drugstore chain would greatly expand company's reach.
Posted In: Walgreens, merger, alliance boots, drugstore
Signs advertising deep discounts are typical in the days after Christmas. This one is at a store in Wellington, New Zealand.

Retailers hope for one last Christmas shopping push

The day after Christmas falls on a Friday. Bad news for people who still have to work, good news for retailers hoping for shoppers.
Posted In: shopping, sales, Retail, Christmas
A pedestrian walk by a now hiring sign posted in the window of a business in San Rafael, California.

Holiday hiring could be at its highest since 2000

Strong seasonal retail hiring boosts the spending power of American consumers.
Posted In: jobs report, jobless claims, holiday hiring, jobs numbers
A used fuel barrel sits in the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Oil prices scrape bottom of the barrel

Most of the cost of oil can be attributed to exploration, drilling and pumping.
Posted In: barrel, Oil, oil costs, barrel of oil
Brian Zordan is a manager at Live Green Cannabis in suburban Denver. The store sells legal recreational marijuana to adults 21 and over -- who must show valid ID.

A buzzworthy shopping trip . . . for legal weed

A look at a retail experience that could be coming to a state near you.
Posted In: marijuana, weed, legalization
University of Colorado Boulder has 30,000  students and is northwest of Denver. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in 2012 but the campus still bans its use.

A different kind of higher education

A Colorado college wrestles with promoting sober academics while surrounded by marijuana.
Posted In: marijuana, legalization, higher ed, colorado

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