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

Schmitz has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards, an Education Writers Association award, and his work was a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. His reporting in Japan from the hardest-hit areas near the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami was included in the publication 100 Great Stories, celebrating the centennial of Columbia University’s Journalism School. In 2012, Schmitz exposed the fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Apple’s supply chain on This American Life. His report was featured in the show’s “Retraction” episode, the most downloaded episode in the program's 16-year history.

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.

Among the honors Schmitz has received for his work: 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 award (2002); Golden Mic awards 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); finalist, Investigative Reporters and Editors award (2013); two national Edward R. Murrow awards (2012 and 2014). In 2011, the Rubin Museum of Art screened a short documentary Schmitz shot in Tibet.

Schmitz has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He’s lived in Spain, Australia, and 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

The town square of Chongli, which will host the alpine events at the 2022 Olympics. Since the announcement that China would host the 2022 Games, the town, population 120,000, has been flooded with investors who are buying up property hoping to cash in on

Olympic Village: A Chinese ski town becomes a boomtown

But homes and a farming village in the way will be wiped off the map to make room.
Posted In: China, Olympics, tourism

China to unveil cap-and-trade program to cut emissions

The presidents of the world's two largest economies will unveil the plan Friday.
Posted In: China, Xi Jinping, cap and trade

Concerns overshadow Xi's meeting with U.S. tech CEOs

China's government is requiring the companies to sign a compliance pledge.
Posted In: Xi Jinping, China, NSA leaks
Chinese President Xi Jinping and first lady Peng Liyuan wave to the crowd as they arrive in the United States for a one-week visit.

President Xi Jinping talks business in Seattle

What do U.S. firms dreaming of expansion in China hope to get from the visit?
Posted In: China, China's Economy, Xi Jinping, Seattle

For Xi Jinping's U.S. Visit, it's money before politics

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Seattle today for a week-long state visit.
Posted In: Xi Jinping, China, cyber attacks

Chinese trade data latest indicator of sluggish growth

Exports were down 5.5 percent, and imports fell by 13.8 percent.
Posted In: China, China growth, Chinese economy

China to cut 300,000 troops from its military

The announcement from President Xi Jinping came before a military parade.
Posted In: China, Chinese economy, China's Politics
 A female soldier from the Chinese People's Liberation Army attends a training session for Thursday's military parade in China.

Its economic growth sputtering, China puts on a parade

Thursday's military pageant in Tian'anmen Square comes at a crucial time.
Posted In: Tiananmen Square, China, World War II, Japan
Wang Tao, a fruit vendor in Shanghai.

No worries on China's streets

The country's economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world.
Posted In: China, stock markets, street vendors

China cuts interest rates yet again

China's Central Bank has stepped in after another index drop.
Posted In: China, stock market, interest rates


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