David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report


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 (2,220)

Europe’s toughest hour since WWII

Nov 14, 2011
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that Europe needs a closer political union to climb out of financial crisis.

Markets take a break; Europe's problems don't

Nov 10, 2011
The markets took a little break from yesterday's panic and rallied around some economic bright spots

Italy's Debt Leaves Other Countries Exposed

Nov 9, 2011
The worry shifts from Greece to Italy, whose economy is one of the largest in Europe and its debt impacts a number of countries around the globe

Is oil our new economic indicator?

Nov 8, 2011
Despite analyst predictions, oil has hit a three month high as concerns about oil supplies continue to drive prices up for the near term

Do tax deductions impact charitable giving?

Nov 8, 2011
Economy 4.0's David Brancaccio discusses how eliminating tax perks for charitable donations might affect how much people give.

Focus turns to Italy in euro debt crisis

Nov 7, 2011
Greece drops out of the spotlight as the attention turns to Italy, which has the third largest economy of the eurozone countries, contributing 12 percent of the region's overall GDP.

How many resumes to find a job? For one man, 10.

Nov 4, 2011
With the unemployment rate spending another month around 9 percent, we're looking at a number you can count on both hands: 10. That's how many ve...

October's jobs report: A step in a long road to recovery

Nov 4, 2011
There are hints at improvement in the latest jobs numbers, but it's still not enough -- and not everyone is counted.

Drama and paradox

Nov 3, 2011
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou drops vote on debt deal; but a stable future depends on short-term instability

Markets don't flinch on Bernanke, Greece

Nov 2, 2011
The markets end on a positive as the Federal Reserve wraps up its two-day meeting without much news, and the eurozone waits on Greece.