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.

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Police insurers wants to make sure that the departments they cover minimize risk for liability.
Insurance companies actually work with police departments to manage risk. There's a chance that makes things worse, too.
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Understanding "the hidden costs of police misconduct" for cities nationwide

"You have cities out there borrowing money to pay off judgments because of brutal and corrupt police officers," said Marc Morial of the National Urban League.
Marc Morial with the National Urban League says police reform "also means how you deploy your resources, where you put your focus."
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Why leaders look to infrastructure spending in recessions

The pitch for infrastructure projects recalls Depression-era investment in roads and bridges.
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Ray Dalio says we need to reform capitalism to make it work for everyone

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Dalio says the combination of debt, a large wealth gap and an economic downturn create instability that history has shown leads to extreme conflict.
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Would a federal jobs guarantee be good for the economy?

May 28, 2020
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Trump to target Twitter, social media bias with new executive order

Trump is to order a review of the law that excuses social media platforms from liability for what users post.
President Trump's executive order could make social media platforms responsible for everyone's posts, including his.
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Former Trump adviser Gary Cohn on moving from COVID-19 rapid response to "sustainable recovery"

May 27, 2020
"It's not as simple as telling everyone to go back to work," Cohn says, but that will be "the key to an economic recovery."
The former director of the National Economic Council on unemployment insurance, tax holidays and employer liability.
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The Consumer Reports CEO on fighting for protections in our online world

May 22, 2020
Hard-won regulations that protect consumers in the analog world have not caught up with the digital marketplace.
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Senate passes bill that could ban some Chinese companies from U.S. stock exchanges

The bill is intended to compel all foreign companies to allow U.S. regulators access to their accounting.
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Which colleges say they'll reopen in the fall? And which ones are keeping classes online?

Location is a big factor. And closing down this semester cost universities billions.
Notre Dame University said it will be resuming in-person classes this fall.
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