David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report


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)


The markets are doing something weird. No — something else.

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 13, 2020
Even the most basic economic relationships are starting to go a little haywire.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Is health care a "private good" or a "public good" during a pandemic?

by David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Mar 13, 2020
Dan Mendelson, founder of healthcare advisory consultancy Avalere Health, argues that healthcare is a legitimate public good in times of pandemics.
A sign directing visitors to the fever clinic is pictured at the entrance to the Gold Coast University Hospital in Australia.
Patrick Hamilton/AFP via Getty Images

All of Italy is on lockdown. Here's what life is like.

by David Brancaccio Mar 10, 2020
Police intervened in a funeral procession in Sicily because it broke new quarantine rules in Italy.
Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

How COVID-19 could disrupt clinical rotations for med school students

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 10, 2020
Teaching hospitals prepare for COVID-19.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The new coronavirus could dampen emerging markets

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 9, 2020
But some developing countries might see a silver lining.
Stefan Heunis/AFP via Getty Images

273,000: A blockbuster number for the February jobs report

by David Brancaccio and Alex Schroeder Mar 6, 2020
The number, coming before the coronavirus outbreak intensified, crushed expectations.
Unemployment fell back to 3.5% in February.
Econ Extra Credit with David Brancaccio

Pirates could teach us a thing or two about fair pay

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Mar 5, 2020
Equality abounded on the open sea.
"Pirate articles," or contracts that stipulated compensation, were sort of like worker cooperatives of their time.
Bruce Miller/AFP/Getty Images

COVID-19 makes life for migrant Chinese workers even more difficult

by David Brancaccio Mar 4, 2020
The nearly 170 million Chinese who travel a long way to work are having a tough time returning to their jobs because of quarantine areas.
Migrant workers wearing masks walk to their buses in Jiangxian County, in China's Guizhou province, before departing to return to their jobs in Guangxi region.
STR/AFP via Getty Images

In emergency move, Fed cuts interest rates by 0.5%

by David Brancaccio Mar 3, 2020
"A half a point is not going to cure anybody," said Karen Petrou, managing partner of Federal Financial Analytics.
An interest rate cut that occurs between formal policy meetings is highly unusual.
Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images

Moving away from carbon, with help from Canada

by David Brancaccio Mar 3, 2020
Wind and solar resources in New England and New York fluctuate. One way to manage this uncertainty is trading with Quebec.
Several states in the northeast of America have committed to decarbonizing their electricity grids in the next 20 to 30 years.
Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

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