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 (2,222)

In the eurozone, it's like 'Waiting for Godot'

Dec 6, 2011
All eyes are on Brussels, days ahead of another European summit on the continent's debt crisis and hopes that this time will be different.

Where the money has gone

Dec 6, 2011
While the global economic crisis has punished developed countries, many in the developing world have gained from capital searching for a higher returns.

One giant step forward, two steps back

Dec 5, 2011
France and Germany are finally on the same page, both saying they want to modify the treaty that originally created the eurozone. A key element automatically penalizes countries if budget deficits run too high. Hence, the world of the day:…

A tale of two economies

Dec 2, 2011
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. created 120,000 new jobs in the month of November, while the national unemployment rate fell to a surprising 8.6 percent.

A rosier picture for U.S. manufacturing

Dec 1, 2011
The most recent monthly report measuring factory ordering shows better-than-expected numbers for the manufacturing sector.

Generations of housing red tape

Dec 1, 2011
On the Pine Ridge reservation, buying a home can take decades, even if you have the money.

Throwing money at the problem

Nov 30, 2011
Six central banks, led by the U.S. Federal Reserve, have announced a plan to inject dollars into the life support system keeping European banks alive. The move was meant to restore confidence in the global financial system.

Can financial cops help the eurozone?

Nov 30, 2011
The European Union is considering having a set of 'budget police' look over its countries' finances, but it still may not solve all the problems.

The could-be-worse economy

Nov 29, 2011
The monthly consumer confidence number came out today and it was up -- way up -- from last month. On a scale of 100, the November number was 56, compared with October's 41. That's the biggest one-month jump since 2003.

Monday morning, you sure look fine

Nov 28, 2011
The markets hit a November high, with the key indexes up between 2 and 3 percent all day. Driven by news that the European Union may have a new plan to contain its debt crisis and record holiday retail sales…