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 (2,348)

Biden plans to block Trump decision to lift COVID travel restrictions

Jan 19, 2021
These are restrictions that ban most travelers from Europe, the U.K., Brazil and Ireland.
Incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted that the Biden administration plans to "strengthen public health measures around international travel."
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Why rich people tend to think they deserve their money

Jan 19, 2021
A UCI professor's psychology experiment using a rigged Monopoly game reveals how inequality replicates itself.
A UCI professor's psychology experiment using a rigged Monopoly game reveals how inequality replicates itself.
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With Bitcoin's popularity increasing, what new regulations will we see?

Jan 15, 2021
Those looking to dip their toes into Bitcoin expect the same regulatory clarity and protections that come with traditional assets.
Financial advisers and professional money managers generally haven't been able to add Bitcoin to the portfolios they manage.
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Bigger investors are starting to take Bitcoin seriously

Jan 15, 2021
More institutional investors believe Bitcoin is standing the test of time, says Jordi Visser of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers.
"That's what's changed this time — time and the quality of the investors," Jordi Visser, of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, says about Bitcoin's development.
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With Biden incoming, Merkel outgoing, where do Western relations with China stand?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel concluded an EU business deal with China just before the new year that could disadvantage the U.S.
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Impeachment won't interfere with Democrats' economic agenda, Rep. Ro Khanna says

Jan 13, 2021
Silicon Valley lawmaker Ro Khanna on impeachment, Twitter and breaking up Big Tech.
Rep. Ro Khanna, a Democrat representing California's Silicon Valley, said he favors regulation and antitrust enforcement over breaking up Big Tech companies.
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Making art more affordable with lessons from '60s-era Multiples, Inc.

The idea is that more copies of a given work makes art more accessible to a wider range of people with varying incomes.
Tacita Dean, a British artist, pictured here in 2018. Dean has created 50 different multiples, each remade 100 times, during the pandemic.
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Biden picks Rhode Island governor, Boston mayor for cabinet positions

President-elect Biden also nominated Isabel Guzman as head of the Small Business Administration.
Gina Raimondo and Marty Walsh, both Democrats, are the commerce secretary and labor secretary picks, respectively.
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How to speed up vaccine rollout

Jan 8, 2021
About 6 million people have gotten a first dose, short of the government’s goal to vaccinate 20 million by the end of 2020.
"I'm hopeful that additional funding to public health will allow public health officials to start setting up publicly accessible, large-scale vaccination clinics," says Dr. Kelly Moore, deputy director of the Immunization Action Coalition.
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Business leaders, groups denounce Trump after Capitol insurrection

The National Association of Manufacturers is among them, going so far as to call for President Trump's early removal from office.
Some of them were among Trump’s biggest supporters, and one influential business group is calling for Trump's early removal.
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