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

Signs advertising deep discounts are typical in the days after Christmas. This one is at a store in Wellington, New Zealand.

Retailers hope for one last Christmas shopping push

The day after Christmas falls on a Friday. Bad news for people who still have to work, good news for retailers hoping for shoppers.
Posted In: shopping, sales, Retail, Christmas
A pedestrian walk by a now hiring sign posted in the window of a business in San Rafael, California.

Holiday hiring could be at its highest since 2000

Strong seasonal retail hiring boosts the spending power of American consumers.
Posted In: jobs report, jobless claims, holiday hiring, jobs numbers
A used fuel barrel sits in the Yazoo River floodwaters near Yazoo City, Mississippi.

Oil prices scrape bottom of the barrel

Most of the cost of oil can be attributed to exploration, drilling and pumping.
Posted In: barrel, Oil, oil costs, barrel of oil
Brian Zordan is a manager at Live Green Cannabis in suburban Denver. The store sells legal recreational marijuana to adults 21 and over -- who must show valid ID.

A buzzworthy shopping trip . . . for legal weed

A look at a retail experience that could be coming to a state near you.
Posted In: marijuana, weed, legalization
University of Colorado Boulder has 30,000  students and is northwest of Denver. Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use for adults in 2012 but the campus still bans its use.

A different kind of higher education

A Colorado college wrestles with promoting sober academics while surrounded by marijuana.
Posted In: marijuana, legalization, higher ed, colorado

The 'one percent' lead holiday retail

Luxury retail has rebounded sooner and stronger than the rest of the market.
Posted In: holiday shopping, Christmas, 1 percent
Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 in New York City.

Lending Club goes public

The world’s largest peer-to-peer lending platform is launching its IPO.
Posted In: Lending Club, IPO, peer-to-peer lending
A hiring sign is posted on a shop window in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Improved job creation expected for November

A strong hiring season for seasonal retail jobs is also expected.
Posted In: jobs report, jobs numbers, seasonal hiring
Macy's opens its doors for Black Friday at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving 2014 in New York City.

'Special shopping day' overload

As holiday sales expand, discounts are less important than the ritual of shopping. One winner: Cyber Monday.
Posted In: Black Friday, Cyber Monday, holiday shopping
Michael Jackson performs in 1988.

Who gets the money made by dead celebrities?

Even celebrities in financial trouble can make tens of millions after death.
Posted In: celebrities, Michael Jackson, Elvis


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