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

An insider's look into Alibaba and its quirky founder

One of the biggest reasons for Alibaba’s success? Its founder, Jack Ma.
Posted In: China, alibaba group, Jack Ma

A tour of China's ghost towns

China’s growth has been anchored in building big projects for decades
Posted In: China, #numberslie

China GDP growth slips to lowest level in 18 months

Sustained high GDP figures usually reflect unhealthy growth
Posted In: China

In China, a city's water, poisoned

Lanzhou’s water supply was contaminated with Benzene, a cancer-causing chemical
Posted In: water, pollution, China

Sharp decline in Chinese trade surprise economists

Imports declined more than 11% in the world's second largest economy
Posted In: China, trade

China targets U.S. pig imports

China has imposed tough restrictions on live pigs imports from the U.S.
Posted In: China, pigs, imports

Ford's China conundrum: Big profits, bribery allegations

More autoworkers are Chinese – assembling cars in China for sale to Chinese consumers.
Posted In: China, Ford, corruption

Diabetes' new frontier: China

Hundreds of millions of Chinese have moved to the city, leaving behind farmer’s diets.
Posted In: China, diabetes, obesity

Reports: NSA spied on China telecom giant Huawei

Documents stolen by Edward Snowden reveal the NSA spied on Huawei
Posted In: nsa, Obama, surveillance, spying, corporate spying

First ladies and U.S.-China relations

Michelle Obama meets China's first lady Peng Liyuan this week.

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