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.

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Features by Mitchell Hartman

Immigrant entrepreneurs benefit by improving credit scores

A San Francisco group helps launch small business owners with micro-loans, which in turn create a path to mainstream credit when they are ready to expand.
Posted In: credit, Immigration

A different kind of sign spinner

Sign spinners at the local bagel shop make minimum wage. That is, if they have a beating heart. Are we about to lose even these low-skilled service jobs -- jumping-around-holding-a-sign-dressed-in-a-silly-costume-while-rapidly-moving-vehicles-speed-by -- to robots? Marketplace’s intrepid labor-trends reporter Mitchell Hartman investigates.
Posted In: robots

Just having a credit record can be an economic step up

The Mission Asset Fund in San Francisco leverages informal lending circles of low-income immigrants, to help borrowers eventually gain access to mainstream bank loans.
Posted In: credit, Personal Finance

The Labor Department's jobs report that wasn't

The monthly ups and downs don’t matter as much as the trend, and we know the trend is mediocre job growth.
Posted In: jobs report, government shutdown 2013

Looking at no pay for four days, consumers may cut back

It’s day four of the government shutdown. For the 800,000 furloughed workers, that’s four days without income.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, consumer behavior

Dre, Beats, headphones and possible cultural domination

A private equity group is investing in Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics. It’s a vote of confidence in the company’s ability to be more than a fad.
Posted In: studio beats, beats audio, Carlyle Group, Mergers and Acquisitions

Nike Air or Nike stock: Which one tells us more about the global economy?

What can Nike’s performance tell us about the global economy?
Posted In: Nike pegasus, Nike quotes

Where did the boomer women go?

Women aged 55-64 have left the workforce by the hundreds of thousands. Meanwhile, men that age are staying in jobs longer than expected. What gives?
Posted In: women, employment, boomer

Walgreens sends employees to shop for health insurance

The giant drug store chain says it will become one of the largest employers to revamp its employer-sponsored health coverage.
Posted In: health insurance, Walgreens

Inflation: Could a little more be good for the economy?

Inflation hawks hold significant sway at the Federal Reserve. But critics say they should tolerate -- and even target -- more inflation to boost economic growth.
Posted In: inflation, Economy, monetary policy

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