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.


Features by Mitchell Hartman

Advocates fight for 'underbanked'

At a conference in Washington, consumer advocates and lawmakers will turn a spotlight on the so-called "underbanked," people who don't even have a bank account. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Sports programs hope for funding score

Youth sports programs have seen billions cut from their budgets, so advocates are in Washington to seek funding help. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Sports

Looking for a niche with the Nook

Barnes & Noble is entering the e-reader market with the Nook. What's it got that Amazon's Kindle and the others don't? Mitchell Hartman reports.

Colorado to lower its minimum wage

Retail prices have fallen a bit since last year, and that's mostly good news. Unless you're a minimum-wage worker in Colorado. Mitchell Hartman explains.
Posted In: Jobs

A boost for remedial-education program

A grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will expand a model program in Washington State that promotes remedial education to help students get community college degrees. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Education

Recovery is slow to get on board

One of the ways to find out if the economy is bouncing back is to check how much is being shipped by trains, trucks and ships. Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman did just that and reports on what he found.

Debit will be hot this holiday season

Credit-card purchases usually rise in the lead-up to the holidays. But this year, studies show consumers are increasingly steering away from credit and opting for debit. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Retail

Google plugs in to track electricity use

Google has announced a deal to match up its Web-based energy-monitoring system with a smart meter to track electricity usage. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Internet

Does small biz lending need more help?

At a hearing on Capitol Hill, lawmakers will assess whether stimulus funds have helped to jump-start bank lending backed by the Small Business Administration. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

When people just stop looking for work

We've all heard the unemployment reports: Millions of people are slaving away on job applications. Or are there? The job market is so tough, some people have just given up. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Jobs


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