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. 

 

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Features by Rob Schmitz

Has China's bright future turned dim?

As China changes leaders this week, opinions on the future of China's economy differ widely among analysts. Those bearish on China say it's crash may already be here.
Posted In: China, China's Economy, trade

China begins carefully scripted handover of power

The 18th Party Congress will hand power from the President Hu Jintao to his successor, Xi Jinping. It's so carefully managed, the government have removed window cranks from taxicabs, so would-be protesters can't cram leaflets in ping-pong balls and throw them at party delegates.
Posted In: China, Hu Jintao, Xi Jinping

China changes leaders at critical economic crossroads

Depending on which economist you talk to, China is either on a steady path to overtake the U.S. as the world's number one economy or it's on the verge of economic collapse.
Posted In: China, China's Economy, Hu Jintao

What Obama's re-election means to China

Across the world in China, American expats spent this morning watching election returns at an event hosted by the Shanghai chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce.
Posted In: 2012 election, China, trade, currency

China pulls plug on New York Times websites

Beijing blocks the New York Times’ English and Chinese-language websites after a report on the riches amassed by the prime minister’s relatives.
Posted In: China, New York Times, censorship

China blocks New York Times over Wen Jiabao expose

China is blocking access to the New York Times website this morning because the site is featuring an expose on Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao and his family's accumulation of $2.7 billion in wealth.
Posted In: China, Wen Jiabao, New York Times

Breaking down the China debate

Last night's presidential debate about foreign policy covered a range of topics. As expected, the candidates touched on China and its high-profile relationship to the United States.
Posted In: China, debate, GM, currency

The Street of Eternal Happiness: Mr. Qiu meets the President

In this latest installment of a monthly series about the people who make their living along Changle Road in Shanghai, Qiu Huanxi remembers the week President Richard Nixon came to the Street of Eternal Happiness to change history.
Posted In: Richard Nixon, China

Is China engineering its own economic slowdown?

China's third-quarter GDP data shows the country grew at its weakest pace in three and a half years and is on track for its slowest annual growth since 1999.
Posted In: China, China's Economy

Anti-China rhetoric belies U.S. economic ties

Mitt Romney says Obama policies force U.S. to borrow money from China. But Japan is about to overtake China as largest holder of U.S. debt.
Posted In: China, Mitt Romney

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