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David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report

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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 (2,068)

Workplace Culture

"Brilliant jerks" may deliver the goods, but can create a toxic work environment

by Candace Manriquez Wrenn and David Brancaccio Aug 7, 2019
We've all worked with a "brilliant jerk."
NBC Universal/Screenshot via Netflix

8chan struggles to stay online after El Paso shooting

by David Brancaccio, Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Daniel Shin, and Rose Conlon Aug 5, 2019
Critics say the online forum enables the spread of hate speech.
People light candles during a vigil after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4.
Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Are smart speakers enforcing gender inequity?

by David Brancaccio, Sasa Woodruff, and Rose Conlon Aug 1, 2019
Female voice assistants could be encouraging us to issue orders to women.
Leon Neal/Getty Images

Voting rights advocates equate fees to modern-day poll tax

by Candace Manriquez Wrenn, Sasa Woodruff, and David Brancaccio Jul 31, 2019
In most states, a felony conviction can result in the loss of voting rights for some period of time.
Voters cast ballots in Chestertown, Maryland, in October 2018.
Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Coming soon to a produce aisle near you...

by David Brancaccio and Sasa Woodruff Jul 23, 2019
What the Cosmic Crisp means for the apple industry.
Aysia Stieb/The California Sunday Magazine

Dungeons & Dragons can be a lucrative side hustle

by David Brancaccio and Michael Lipkin Jul 22, 2019
Some enterprising dungeon masters charge up to $500 per session.
Professional Dungeons & Dragons dungeon master Devon Chulick in a session with clients Amanda Perry, Justin Stuart Paul and Shashir Redd.
Photo by Kelsey McClellan for Bloomberg

Why some Muslims are boycotting the hajj

by David Brancaccio and Sasa Woodruff Jul 18, 2019
It's the same reason Nicki Minaj pulled out of Jeddah World Fest.
The clock tower and the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy Muslim city of Mecca.
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Death, theft ... and the quest for the world's most coveted fungus

by David Brancaccio Jun 28, 2019
"I think the best analogy is probably sex or drugs," is how author Ryan Jacobs describes the allure of the truffle.
An inspector approved by the regional federation of truffle harvesters smells a black truffles (tuber melanosporum), on December 23, 2018, during an inspection at a truffle market in Rognes, southeastern France.
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Trade showdown

India hits back at U.S. over steel tariffs

by David Brancaccio and Anu Anand Jun 17, 2019
India hit the U.S. with some retaliatory tariffs of its own, a response to U.S. steel and aluminium penalties levied on many countries.
An Indian worker unpacks steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.
SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images
Ask A Manager

Can talking about salaries reduce the wage gap?

by David Brancaccio Jun 7, 2019
According to Alison Green, the answer is yes. Even if those conversations sometimes prove tricky to navigate.
Elevated view of staff working in a busy open plan office