Rob Schmitz is Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai.

Schmitz joined Marketplace in 2010. He's covered a range of topics in China, from labor conditions to education to the rise of consumerism. In 2011, he provided Marketplace’s sole coverage from Japan in the days following the earthquake and tsunami, reporting from the hardest-hit areas near the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant. In 2012, he exposed the fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Apple's supply chain on This American Life and his report was featured in that show’s much-discussed "Retraction" episode. The work was a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors award. In 2012, he and Marketplace Education Correspondent Amy Scott won the national Edward R. Murrow award and an award from the Education Writers Association for their investigative series on college agencies that place Chinese students at U.S. universities.

Prior to joining Marketplace, Schmitz was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED’s The California Report. He’s also worked as the Orange County reporter for KPCC, and as a reporter for MPR, covering rural Minnesota.

Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist. His television documentaries about China have appeared on The Learning Channel and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Schmitz has received many honors and awards including: the Overseas Press Club Scholarship (2001); The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalist award (2001); the Scripps Howard Religion Writing Fellowship (2001); the International Reporting Project Fellowship (2002); the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (2002); Golden Mics from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California (2005 and 2006); the Peninsula Press Club award (2006); the ASU Media Fellowship, (2007); the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, (2009); the Education Writers Association (2011); a national Edward R. Murrow award (2012); finalist, Investigative Reporters and Editors award (2013). In 2011, the Rubin Museum of Art screened a short documentary Schmitz shot in Western China.

Schmitz has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Zigong, Sichuan Province, China.

A native of Elk River, Minn., Schmitz currently resides in Shanghai, a city that’s far enough away from his hometown to avoid having to watch his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. Sometimes, he says, that’s a good thing. 

Features By Rob Schmitz

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Hollywood looks to China for 3D movies

"The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Amazing Spiderman" are being released in China. Hollywood expects big audiences and big profits from offering the movies as a 3D experience there.
Posted In: China, 3d, film, Avatar
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Translating the complications of Chinese paychecks

Workers at state-run companies in China are riding pretty high. Beyond standard salaries, there are often a lot of perks for state workers, including mortgage payments, groceries, fancy cars. And it's all tax free.
Posted In: China, wages
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Auditor says Foxconn is improving work conditions

Apple hired the Fair Labor Association six months ago to investigate work conditions at its biggest supplier. The FLA today reported big improvements.
Posted In: apple, Foxconn
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Wife of fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai spared

Gu Kailai, wife of fallen Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, was sentenced to death for murder of a British businessman but the sentence was commuted.
Posted In: China, Bo Xilai
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The Street of Eternal Happiness: The Tattoo Artist

Among the street's many noodle shops and fashion boutiques, one artist's tattoo store represents a changing China.
Posted In: China, tattoo
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China's latest export: Cars with asbestos parts

Australia has told big Chinese automakers Chery and Great Wall to recall thousands of vehicles after discovering asbestos in their auto parts.
Posted In: China, Auto, Australia
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Rich Chinese increasingly invest overseas

Slower growth in China and the prospect of currency depreciation have many Chinese putting their money into places like Canada and the U.S.
Posted In: China, renminbi, China's Economy
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Dam shows flaws in China's economic model

Fallen politician Bo Xilai championed the Xiaonanhai Dam but it threatens an ancient fish species. Critics say it's being built just to aid regional growth.
Posted In: China, Bo Xilai
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In China, fallen politician Bo Xilai still has fans

Bo Xilai faces corruption allegations. His wife is charged with murder, but in Chongqing, the city he formerly administered, he still has admirers.
Posted In: China, Bo Xilai
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China cracks down on fake drugs

In China, officials have arrested more than 2,000 people involved in the country's vast counterfeit drug industry.
Posted In: China, pharmaceuticals

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