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David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report


David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of “Marketplace Morning Report.” There is a money story under nearly everything, but David often focuses on regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, the history of innovation, digital privacy, sustainability, social enterprises and financial vulnerability in older adults. David freelanced for Marketplace in 1989 before becoming the program’s European correspondent based in London in 1990.

David hosted the evening program from 1993-2003, then anchored the award-winning public television news program “Now” on PBS after a period co-hosting with journalist Bill Moyers. David has co-produced and appeared in several documentaries, including “Fixing the Future,” about alternative approaches to the economy, and “On Thin Ice,” about climate change and water security, with mountaineer Conrad Anker. David is author of “Squandering Aimlessly,” a book about personal values and money. He enjoys moderating public policy discussions, including at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week and the Camden Conference in Maine.

David is from Waterville, Maine, and has degrees from Wesleyan and Stanford universities. Honors include the Peabody, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, Emmy and Walter Cronkite awards. He is married to Mary Brancaccio, a poet and educator. They have three offspring, all adults. He likes making beer and building (and launching) pretty big rockets. Among his heroes are Edward R. Murrow and Wolfman Jack.

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Inside Bethann Hardison's fight to progress and diversify the fashion industry

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Model and agent Bethann Hardison has fought to overturn the culture of racism and discrimination that's pervaded much of the fashion world.
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The economic implications of graduating college at an older age

A new study finds that "a large fraction — around 20% — of college graduates obtained their degree after age 30."
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Is the tide turning against noncompete agreements?

A recent economics study seeks to quantify just how much noncompete clauses restrict worker mobility and wages.
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The biggest global risks of 2024

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What was (and wasn't) accomplished in D.C. this past year

While the passage of legislation in Congress has largely been stalled by political drama, impacts from the CHIPS Act and infrastructure law are starting to be felt.
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Cataloging the top objects of 2023

"Whe more digital we get, the more we crave these sort of physical manifestations of the digital," says Rob Walker.
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Why Germany’s economic backbone is saying “auf wiedersehen”

Germany is facing a budget crisis amid rising energy costs, urgent calls for immigration reform and more pressing issues.
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Bah humbug! Why David Brancaccio hates holiday music

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What Spotify and Apple Music's 2023 lists reveal about the music industry

It's more than just the fact that Taylor Swift had a massive year.
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