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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 (2,063)

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When Economic Success is Not In the Cards

by David Brancaccio Jan 21, 2011
Last week I travelled to Germany to get to the bottom of that country's current economic success, and everyone I spoke with mentioned a few key...
Economy 4.0

From the Road: Euro Angst

by David Brancaccio Jan 12, 2011
Is Europe on the verge of throwing out it its single currency? You hear whispers of that, in the face of strains on the continent's monetary uni...
Economy 4.0

Sometimes 'payday' rhymes with 'mayday'

by David Brancaccio Jan 5, 2011
Mayday, as in the international distress signal. It is from the French "M'Aider!" or "Help Me!" Payday, as in so-called payday loans, where a lo...
Economy 4.0

Cruising the same wavelength with Darrell Issa and The Heritage Foundation

by David Brancaccio Jan 5, 2011
It is part of the Economy 4.0 beat to keep an eye on new rules of the road for the economy. And so it was with interest I noted pieces in Politic...
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With down economy, demand for truckers goes up

by David Brancaccio Dec 30, 2010
Is it a good time to embark on a career as a truck driver? Apparently so. David Brancaccio reports from Cuba, Mo., on another alternative indicator.
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Thriving Without Innovation

by David Brancaccio Dec 29, 2010
Watch & listen to a slideshow about the "birth of a barrel" at McGinnis Wood Products in Cuba, Missouri....
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Return to Cuba High

by David Brancaccio Dec 20, 2010
Ten years ago, I spent a week in Cuba, Missouri, looking at the impact of globalization on this small town in the 'middle' of America. I visited...
Economy 4.0

The State of Cuba

by David Brancaccio Dec 9, 2010
Not that Cuba. The Cuba a couple of hours west of St. Louis on old Route 66. I visited there on a Marketplace assignment precisely ten years ago....
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Walk a Mile to Live Two Extra Years

by David Brancaccio Nov 24, 2010
I discovered a statistical oddity playing around with a set of interactive maps about well-being in America. Click the map and you can get a hand...
Economy 4.0

The Post-Thanksgiving Rush

by David Brancaccio Nov 24, 2010
You are thinking door-buster sales on Thanksgiving Friday. Perhaps you are following predictions about same-store sales. In parts of our nation's...