David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report

SHORT BIO

I’ve anchored and reported for Marketplace since 1989 from bases in London, Los Angeles and New York. Multimedia journalism’s my thing — been doing radio since I was a little boy. I write, love cameras and audio/video editing and have anchored television. I grew up in a small town in Maine but have attended schools in Italy, Madagascar and Ghana.

What was your first job?

DJ and newsman on WTVL AM/FM, Waterville, Maine.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Making each and every one fit. “Marketplace Morning Report” has to end at 58 minutes and 58 seconds past each hour; no more, no less.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

Find your own voice in your on-air style and in your writing.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Astronaut. They say a key qualification for the Mars mission are folks who can fix things on the fly. I'm good at MacGyvering.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

A McIntosh audiophile-grade stereo amplifier. No, not spelled the same as the computer. They always were too expensive for me, and now they're even more expensive.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

For those who shave, a shaving brush.  And kitchen scissors. Really. It'll change your life.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

I thought people work in their own best interests. They don't. They use up resources until they hurt themselves. "Tragedy of the commons," economists call it.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Live on the air, I slipped and swapped an "f" for a "p" in some copy and looked up to see an empty control room. They were all on the floor laughing at my expense.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Besides the photo of my family, there is a 4" diameter, 4-foot-tall model rocket in the Marketplace Morning Report colors I built. It's flown to 4,000 feet.

Latest Stories from David (2,117)

COVID-19

Stop utility shut-offs during COVID-19 crisis, NAACP Legal Defense Fund president says

by David Brancaccio, Rose Conlon, and Alex Schroeder Mar 27, 2020
"We would love to have a nationwide moratorium on all utility shut-offs, but every day, turn-offs are happening," Sherrilyn Ifill says.
Some states have worked to stop utility shut-offs, including Maryland, Kansas and Kentucky.
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Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio

A way to save both lives and the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic

by David Brancaccio, Daniel Shin, and Alex Schroeder Mar 26, 2020
Nobel laureate and NYU professor Paul Romer says there's a path forward that limits the spread of the virus while letting most people get back to work over time.
"If we spent $100 billion right now, on protective gear and testing, we wouldn't be faced with a choice of let hundreds of thousands of people die or kill the economy," Nobel Prize-winner Paul Romer says.
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The U.S. is relaxing rules for medical professionals working across state lines

by David Brancaccio and Alex Schroeder Mar 24, 2020
Both the states and federal government are lowering the barriers to physicians and nurses practicing in other states.
Karen Ducey/Getty Images
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SEC on high alert for illegal stock market activity

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 23, 2020
Haima Marlier, a former senior trial counsel for the SEC, says recent trading suspensions show the SEC is "very much paying attention."
This time of pandemic is a fertile moment for insider trading.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
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All California residents ordered to "stay at home"

by David Brancaccio and Kimberly Adams Mar 20, 2020
Some businesses can stay open, and Californians can still leave to get things like food and health care.
There are federal government guidelines detailing 16 industries that are considered essential sectors during this time.
Mario Tama/Getty Images
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There's "no need to hoard," grocery store CEO says

by David Brancaccio and Candace Manriquez Wrenn Mar 20, 2020
"There's plenty of food in the supply chain," said Rodney McMullen, CEO of the supermarket chain Kroger.
Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen explains the supermarket's new emergency leave policy, as well as why shoppers shouldn't panic.
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
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The economics behind why toilet paper is sold out

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus household shortages, explained.
Raising prices might curb panic-buying, but it’s also price gouging.
Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images
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How does an extra 90 days to pay taxes help Americans?

by David Brancaccio Mar 18, 2020
A 90-day extension to pay taxes owed to the federal government will help people come up with a game plan.
Scott Olson/Getty Images
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Let's take a deep breath

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 17, 2020
Why you shouldn't panic (and why that's easier said than done)
Financial markets plummeted Monday as the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak deepened.
Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images
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The best investment portfolio for these times is the one you can live with

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 17, 2020
What if you need your money in two years, 10 years or 25 years? It makes a huge difference about how to think about this coronavirus quarter.
Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

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