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 (2,562)

A bubble-less recovery

Oct 28, 2011
President Obama's former economic adviser Austan Goolsbee talks about rebuilding the economy without another debt-driven bubble.

A new Saab story?

Oct 28, 2011
There's a lot of talk about China investing in Europe these day. Now it looks like the road ahead for Swedish car manufacturer Saab might just be...

A sigh of relief?

Oct 27, 2011
A euro zone agreement falls short of a bazooka but succeeds in giving investors some firepower.

The first 5,000 years of debt

Oct 27, 2011
You may think that debts should always be repaid. But history shows that debts are always negotiable.

Happy days for Exxon Mobil

Oct 27, 2011
Happy days are here again, if you are the oil company Exxon Mobil. Our Marketplace Daily Pulse was quickened today after Exxon said it earned $10...

It's crunch time for Europe

Oct 26, 2011
Eurozone leaders are trying to solve the debt crisis. Can they overcome the bureaucratic hurdles to a comprehensive solution?

A big drop in consumer confidence

Oct 25, 2011
U.S. consumers are seeing that things haven't gotten better -- and aren't going to soon -- so they're spending less and saving more.

Netflix shares tumble

Oct 25, 2011
Netflix stock could use some mouth-to-mouth today. The company's shares fell more than 30 percent today, the first time they have been below $100 since the summer of 2009.

World waits to see if EU can solve debt crisis

Oct 24, 2011
By Wednesday the world should know whether the European Union can agree on a comprehensive plan to solve the sovereign debt crisis.

The problems with the Volcker Rule

Oct 21, 2011
The Volcker Rule is supposed to make the financial world a safer place, but it's only in draft mode right now, and already facing obstacles.