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 (2,425)

COVID unemployment is causing a serious funding issue for Medicare

Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund is projected to become insolvent sooner than expected — within three to five years.
The pandemic recession has pushed so many people out of work that funding for Medicare Part A, via payroll taxes, is down.
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Why police reform advocates want Congress to end qualified immunity

May 25, 2021
"There's a padlock on the front door of the federal courthouse for victims of police brutality," said Marc Morial of the National Urban League.
"There's a padlock on the front door of the federal courthouse for victims of police brutality," said Marc Morial of the National Urban League
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How boards can influence corporate diversity

May 20, 2021
Economist Dambisa Moyo on the evolving roles and responsibilities of corporate boards
Global economist Dambisa Moyo said corporate boards are "critical" in helping businesses adapt to the changing demands of the 21st century economy.
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How serious is our declining population growth problem?

The implications of a shrinking population on our economic growth are potentially big, but Marketplace senior economic contributor Chris Farrell thinks there's some solutions to tap.
Embracing technology during the pandemic could help, says Chris Farrell.
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We need a centralized, global strategy to prevent another COVID pandemic, epidemiologist says

May 18, 2021
Dr. Larry Brilliant, who helped stop smallpox, urges nations to work together to prevent further COVID spikes and equalize vaccinations.
"Unless we conquer it everywhere, we're not conquering it anywhere," Dr. Larry Brilliant says of COVID-19.
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What about wearing a mask in stores or at work?

Despite new CDC guidance, businesses and workplaces will likely still require masks for now.
For now, many businesses are likely to still require face masks.
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Concerned about fossil fuel use, Tesla will stop accepting Bitcoin for car payments

May 13, 2021
"We could have told him about Bitcoin and energy use. Why has Musk changed his mind now?"
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted the news on Wednesday, citing environmental concerns.
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What happens when a store starts to die?

May 13, 2021
From Victoria's Secret to J.C. Penney, struggling retailers have taken a couple of different paths to try to remain in business.
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"Things Come Around" for rock band Guster after a year of canceled tours

May 7, 2021
Adam Gardner, guitarist and founding member of Guster, talks about how the pandemic changed life for touring musicians.
Despite canceling its remaining 2020 shows, Guster eventually did one socially distanced concert last summer and captured that experience via a short documentary, "Things Come Around."
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