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

Jobless rate down despite more losses

The national unemployment rate declined slightly to 9.4% for July, 0.1% lower than the month prior. Yet, hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs last month. So what does this contradictory data mean? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Why AIG's 2nd-quarter earnings are up

Financial giant AIG is reporting its first profit since 2007. The troubled insurer says it made $1.8 billion in the second quarter. Mitchell Hartman reports on the company's crawl out of its bailout hole.
Posted In: Economy

Small biz owners face credit crunch

As members of the House head home to gauge the mood of their constituents, one congressman is focusing on small business owners, who face lost credit lines, lower borrowing limits, and trouble even getting loans from some banks. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

'Cash for Clunkers' running out of gas

The government's Cash for Clunkers has been an instant hit -- so successful, in fact, that the car-swapping initiative may be out of money. Steve Chiotakis talks to Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman about the program's possible next steps.
Posted In: Auto

U.S. consumer safety camps in China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission will set up its first permanent office in Beijing later this year. Chinese authorities must still approve the move, but some say it could help China crack down on shoddy goods. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Health

Ruth Madoff sued over husband's cash

The wife of convicted Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff is being sued for millions acquired from her husband's investment firm. She's the first of Madoff's family to be sued over his case. Mitchell Hartman has more details.
Posted In: Crime, Investing

Mortgage plan gives people runaround

The Obama administration's loan modification program to keep people in their homes hasn't had the results many were hoping for. Mortgage servicers will be at the White House today to explain why. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Housing

B of A could close 600 branches

Bank of America is planning to shut down as many as 10% of its neighborhood branches. Bank executives see the need for physical locations dwindling as computers and smart phones take over. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Investing

Lending down, but home sales up

New home sales rose in June, despite bank lending falling significantly in the second quarter. Home prices have fallen so much that sales are finally picking up. Could the housing crisis be abating? Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Housing

Citi exec in big bonus purgatory

Citigroup is trying to decide whether to pay one of its executives the sum of $100 million. But that may be tricky as the bank is one of seven overseen by U.S. pay czar Kenneth Feinberg. Mitchell Hartman reports.
Posted In: Investing, Jobs


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