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

African-American unemployment is double that of whites. Why?

In good times and bad, blacks suffer unemployment at much higher rates than whites. That's been true since the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Posted In: Unemployment, African American Unemployment

Labor wins two rulings, Walmart vows to fight back

Walmart spokesman says the company looks forward to making its case before the NLRB and in federal court , and believes it will be vindicated.
Posted In: Walmart

Seahawks block 49ers fans from buying tickets. But does it pay?

The Seahawks are limiting playoff tickets to credit card holders in the region – which rules out 49ers fans with California address.
Posted In: Seahawks, 49ers, NFL

Why a declining jobless rate may be worse than you think

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) hasn’t been this low since the late 1970s.
Posted In: unemployment rate, labor force participation

T-Mobile tries to make plan-changing painless

Cellular phone carriers like T-Mobile offer incentives to switch networks, but for some consumers it's too much of a hassle.
Posted In: T-Mobile, AT&T, cell phones

Can startups succeed outside Silicon Valley?

Provo and Salt Lake City are home to a cluster of tech start-up companies, thanks to the culture and geography of Utah.
Posted In: Utah, startup

What's the cost when unemployment benefits expire?

For 1.3 million Americans, long-term federal unemployment benefits expire this weekend.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs

Ten thousand apply for 750 Southwest Airlines jobs

Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants and thousands have applied for the jobs.
Posted In: Jobs, Airlines

Are no jobs safe? Outsourcing sign-spinner jobs ... to robots

Industrial robots are replacing factory workers on the assembly line. Will minimum-wage retail jobs be next?
Posted In: Bagels, Portland

A 'Weird Wednesday' Christmas for the economy

When Christmas falls on a Wednesday--as it does about every seven years--it can be complicated for employees and employers, and difficult for retailers.
Posted In: Christmas, Retail, Christmas shopping

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