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. Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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.

Mitchell 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, Mitchell 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 InquirerCairo Today magazine, Middletown PressNew Haven Register and for Pacifica Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC and the CBC.

Mitchell 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

A quick way for UBS clients to fess up

Swiss bank UBS agreed to a legal settlement to reveal the identities of about 4,500 clients. And a new link on the bank's Web site allows American clients to voluntarily share their secret account information with the IRS. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Internet

Things looking up for construction

Construction jobs have been vanishing for the past year, but experts says that's starting to turn around. Low prices and government tax credits are enticing first-time home buyers. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Housing, Jobs

No big change yet for China's Hummer

General Motors is in final negotiations to sell the Hummer brand to a heavy equipment maker in Southwest China. But operations aren't set to change much yet -- the vehicles will still be made in the U.S. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Auto

VH1 rethinks reality TV after incident

After having a contestant on one of its reality shows become a murder suspect who then committed suicide, VH1 is now considering cleaning up its act. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entertainment

Food prices may slowly edge up

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food prices are likely to increase slightly as the economy begins to recover. Why? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Food

Sony markets to fathers with 'DigiDads'

Sony has launched a new marketing site targeted to dads who read parenting blogs. The corporation is loaning daddy bloggers products to use in projects and then blog about their experience. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Science

No improvement in home improvement

Home Depot will come out with its second-quarter earnings. Rival Lowes already reported its second-quarter earnings, which fell nearly 20% from a year ago. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Housing, Retail

Mileage tax may fund new road repairs

Road repairs are funded though taxes on gas, but as more people buy hybrids, some are worried about what's going to happen to that revenue. Mitchell Hartman reports the search is on for a new method of taxing motorists.
Posted In: Auto, Taxes

We're gonna have a lot of corn

The USDA says there's going to be a near-record crop for corn this year. Blame it on the weather and the number of corn-ears-produced-per-acre in the Midwest grain belt. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Agriculture

Farmers face big losses due to weeds

Data from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says farmers worldwide face huge losses from weed infestation. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Food


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