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

Congress thoroughly takes on college

Today, Congress is expected to look at laws governing higher education. The measure would cover everything from student loans to campus security, and sponsors say it would help rein college costs. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Education

Seeking more small business money

Congress is looking over a federal program that gives up to $2 billion a year to small businesses, which will run out in September. Mitchell Hartman reports just one area where the program has had success.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Pacific salmon supply drying up

Salmon fisheries in the Pacific Northwest are in serious trouble and dwindling supply means fish markets and restaurants are scrambling to find an alternative for their customers. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Food

Making safe deposits at your bank

Big losses at banks across the country have depositors nervous. How can you make sure that your bank is secure? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Economy, Savings

Bringing in business on foot

High gas prices have made areas where it's easy to walk around increasingly popular. What does all that foot traffic mean for local businesses? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Retail, Travel

Natural gas prices set to spike

High oil prices are driving up demand for natural gas, meaning some customers could be spending as much as 40 percent more to heat their homes this winter. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Oil

Scraping by on minimum wage

Oregon has one of the highest minimum wages in the country. Mitchell Hartman reports from Portland on how recipients are getting by on $7.50 an hour.

Portland going 100% renewable

Portland, Ore. is throwing all its weight into the fight against global warming by promising to run on 100% renewable energy starting next year. Mitchell Hartman reports.

Keeping warm vs. global warming

Oil and natural gas prices fell today; crude's down near $59 a barrel. But as <a href="">Mitchell Hartman</a> reports from Portland, Oregon, even the best of intentions can have unintended consequences.


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