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

Why China is worried about a potential U.S. default

If the U.S. fails to raise the debt ceiling in time, we'll default on loans from a whole bunch of lenders. Our two top foreign creditors -- China and Japan -- have both warned the U.S. government to be careful. What’s at stake for them?
Posted In: China, debt ceiling

China's Steve Jobs? Not on this list

The U.S. dominated Thomson Reuters' list of the world's top 100 innovative companies. China failed to contribute any companies.
Posted In: China, apple, huawei

Inside the world of China's "shadow banks"

Most small businesses in China can’t get a simple loan from a bank. The practice of 'shadow lending' has grown so fast, it's now estimated to be worth 70 percent of China's GDP.
Posted In: shadow banking

Will China's new 'free trade zone' live up to the hype?

This week, the Chinese government will open the country's first 'free trade zone' in Shanghai.
Posted In: China, free trade zone, FTZ, Shanghai, business, commerce, global trade, foreign business, RMB

7.6%: What China's slowdown feels like

China's economy is starting to slow down. While 7.6 percent GDP growth sounds great to us, the average Chinese citizen is already feeling the sting.
Posted In: China

Will an inexpensive iPhone sell in China?

Apple has scheduled a Tuesday product launch for the U.S., the EU, Japan and China. Will the Chinese get excited about a cheaper iPhone?
Posted In: China, iPhone, apple

'Homeless for a month': U.S. interns in China learn to reset expectations

With more American college students heading to China for their summer internships, they're learning that just because it's the world's second largest economy doesn't mean that it's the most developed one. How one group of students got stuck working at a Chinese amusement park.
Posted In: China, internship

How accurate are Apple's critics? Latest report on Apple's supply chain raises questions

Critics are starting to question some details in a report released Monday by the New York-based China Labor Watch, which targeted Chinese factory conditions of Apple supplier Pegatron.
Posted In: China, apple, manufacturing

Chinese dreamin' on the Street of Eternal Happiness

Marketplace China Correspondent Rob Schmitz wraps up his year-long series about the people on a single street in Shanghai - Changle Lu, or The Street of Eternal Happiness. He revisits two people to find how they're achieving their 'Chinese dreams.'
Posted In: China, Shanghai

GlaxoSmithKline's bribery scandal highlights China's corrupt health care system

China alleges British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline bribed Chinese doctors. But so does everyone else, say longtime observers. Why is China singling out GSK?
Posted In: GlaxoSmithKline, pharmaceuticals, China, health care

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