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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China's high GDP growth hard to compare to U.S.

China said today that its economy grew 9.2 percent last year, while our economy was growing at rate of less than 2 percent for most of last year.
Posted In: China, GDP, growth
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Taiwanese re-elect President Ma Ying-jeou

Voters in Taiwan re-elected President Ma Ying-jeou on Saturday. Ma pursues a conciliatory policy toward China, which has welcomed his victory.
Posted In: China, Taiwan, elections
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Apple's iPhone 4S release postponed in China

Stores in Beijing and Shanghai were supposed to release the Apple iPhone 4S today, but crowds swelled to unmanageable levels.
Posted In: China, apple, iphone 4S
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Apple store egged in China after iPhone 4S release delay

Does the chaos surrounding today's release mean that Apple is underestimating its popularity in China?
Posted In: China, iphone 4S, apple
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Chinese laborers take drastic measures for a raise

Workers at a Foxconn factory that makes iPhones all threatened to jump from the top of the building if they didn't get a raise. But these aren't the only workers protesting work conditions and pay in the country.
Posted In: China, minimum wage, Foxconn
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Geithner asks China for help with sanctions on Iran

The U.S. treasury secretary wants China to impose sanctions, but may find the Chinese -- big buyers of Iranian oil -- in no hurry to make up their minds.
Posted In: Iran, China, Oil
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China cracks down on popular TV shows

On the orders of the government, Chinese television has had to replace popular shows similar to "American Idol" with more morally uplifting fare.
Posted In: tv, chinese popular culture, China
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Chinese company to invest in U.S. oil drilling

Sinopec will spend billions of dollars on a partnership to drill for natural gas in Ohio. The company is hoping to gain the needed expertise to grow the fracking industry in China.
Posted In: fracking, Oil, China
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Air travel in China takes a great leap forward

Chinese airports are getting bigger and more efficient, and the country's airplanes are getting an upgrade, as the nation gains ever-greater economic clout.
Posted In: China, airline industry
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A speedbump for U.S. auto sales in China

The Chinese government will start to levy duties on imported cars made in the United States.
Posted In: China, car, auto sales

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