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. 

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Psst... Where's the Revolution?

No jasmine here. I've put the blogging on hold to focus on a reporting trip up North in Beijing (more to follow on that front)...
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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be named ambassador to China

President Obama is expected to nominate Locke to represent the U.S. in Beijing. Locke would be the first Chinese-American to serve in the post, and has worked on trade with China before.
Posted In: China
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China plans "more money for the masses"

As unrest continues in the North Africa and the Middle East, China hopes to prevent similar protests with a new five-year plan to fight inflation and low wages. Rob Schmitz explains.
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China hopes to prevent protests by blocking search terms

As the unrest continues in Libya, Bahrain, and Yemen, the Chinese government has scaled up its control of the Internet to prevent protests in China. The government has called on search engines to block search terms related to the unrest in the Middle East, as Rob Schmitz reports.
Posted In: China, Internet
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China moves to squelch potential protests

As political unrest continues to grow in North Africa, the Chinese government has started to censor information online and detain activists in hopes of avoiding potential protests in China. Rob Schmitz reports that while experts think unrest will not spread to China, an upheaval would be catastrophic for the global economy.
Posted In: China, Internet
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Colonel Sanders more profitable in China than the U.S.

For the first time ever, KFC is making bigger profits in China than in the U.S.
Posted In: China, Food
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Help Wanted in the World's Workshop

The photo on the left was taken two days ago by the China Daily outside the train station in Liwu, Zhejiang province--the manufacturing hub of th...
Posted In: China, rob schmitz
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China's big unemployment problem

Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Rob Schmitz about the challenging job market Chinese college grads are facing.
Posted In: China, Jobs
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Apple admits child labor growing problem at its China factories

After an audit of Apple's suppliers in China, the tech giant has found instances of underage labor, unsafe working conditions and improper handling of toxic chemicals.
Posted In: apple
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U.S. panel may block Huawei-3Leaf deal, report says

The Wall Street Journal reports a U.S. government panel will recommend that President Obama veto a bid by China's Huawai Technologies Co. to buy the assets of Bay Area developer 3Leaf Systems. Rob Schmitz reports.
Posted In: China, Mergers and Acquisitions

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