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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 from David (2,079)

Why dwindling bee populations are threatening U.S. agriculture

by David Brancaccio, Erika Soderstrom, and Daniel Shin Oct 23, 2019
Beekeeper and director of the documentary "The Pollinators," Peter Nelson, talks about the costly bee pollination industry, its importance in our agricultural system and why it's under threat.
A beekeeper in South Dakota loads bee hives onto a truck for transport.
Courtesy of Peter Nelson

What the GOP tax plan is doing to home values

by David Brancaccio Oct 10, 2019
A new report says the GOP tax plan is making home values lower than they’d otherwise be in some parts of the country.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Charles Schwab on how low commissions became zero commissions

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Oct 9, 2019
The brokerage firm has a history of lowering trading fees, says founder Charles Schwab.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Supreme Court considers LGBTQ rights in the workplace

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Oct 8, 2019
The court considers whether employers can discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Demonstrators rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. on October 8 as the court hears oral arguments in three cases concerning workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees.
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Sustainable growth and whether it's realistic or a "fairy tale"

by David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin Sep 24, 2019
Bill McKibben, environmental activist and founder of 350.org, says emphasis on continuous economic growth in the 20th century has backfired on us in the 21st century.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders for prioritizing economic growth over climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit Sept. 23 in New York City. Above, the UN General Assembly Hall.
Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Middle-class families are struggling to pay for college

by Rose Conlon and David Brancaccio Sep 24, 2019
"Indebted" delves into how the college affordability gap defines middle class life in America.
ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Brains and Losses

How to protect yourself from scams ... according to a former scammer

by David Brancaccio, Rose Conlon, and Daniel Shin Sep 4, 2019
Author Frank Abagnale, a former con man and subject of the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie "Catch Me If You Can," explains there are a few common red flags to help you determine if the person calling you is a scammer.
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Frank Abagnale attends the Broadway opening night of "Catch Me If You Can" at the Neil Simon Theatre on April 10, 2011 in New York City.
Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Johnson & Johnson hit with $572 million opioid ruling — what happens now?

by David Brancaccio and Redmond Carolipio Aug 27, 2019
Johnson & Johnson is appealing the decision, which could be the first of many legal battles.
A judge has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million in connection with the opioid crisis in Oklahoma.
Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

How do income share agreements work?

by David Brancaccio and Rose Conlon Aug 16, 2019
Supporters say ISAs could help solve the student loan crisis.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

How two work cultures clash and come together in the Netflix documentary "American Factory"

by David Brancaccio, Candace Manriquez Wrenn, and Daniel Shin Aug 16, 2019
A Chinese company's revival of a former GM plant turned into surreal meeting of work cultures.
An image from "American Factory," a new documentary from Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.
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