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

China's leaders promise reforms -- but can they deliver?

After China issued its 20,000-word reform document Friday night, the media’s focus was on proposed changes to the one-child policy. But there were a slew of ambitious economic reforms in there, too.
Posted In: China, China's Economy, China's Politics, China growth

China Eases One-Child Policy

China to ease restrictions on one-child policy among other reforms.
Posted In: China, China's Politics, One-Child Policy, China's Environment

China eases one-child policy, but don't expect more 'little emperors'

China said today it's easing its one-child policy, but economics could still stand in the way of more children.
Posted In: China, China growth

Chinese say markets will be "decisive" in economy

According to Chinese state media, the country's leaders are announcing a shift toward a more market-based economy.
Posted In: China, Chinese economy

What will be China's economic fate for the next decade?

Chinese leaders are meeting this weekend to hammer out economic policy for the next 10 years.
Posted In: China, China growth, China's Economy

Its industry in a slump, a Chinese Baijiu company hires American CEO

Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered government officials to put a stop to lavish banquets. And that had a tremendous impact on sales of baijiu, a Chinese grain alcohol as strong as moonshine. One Chinese company has chosen an American CEO to help resurrect its sales.
Posted In: China, globalization, alcohol

One city, many changes: A reporter's return trip to Zigong

In 1996, Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz moved to rural Sichuan Province for two years to teach English as a Peace Corps Volunteer. He says the city of Zigong has changed a lot since then.
Posted In: China, Peace Corps

China's economy grows faster than expected

China's GDP is growing as leaders look to make economic reforms.
Posted In: China, China growth, China's Economy

If 'creditworthiness is like virginity,' did the U.S. just lose it?

America's creditworthiness takes a hit in Asia, even with the debt ceiling raised and the government reopening.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, debt ceiling, credit rating, China

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