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 (2,508)

Housing crisis in Egypt

Jun 21, 2011
Creating a better economic future for Egypt means dealing with the lack of housing in Cairo.

An oasis of sustainability

Jun 21, 2011
The United Arab Emirates -- home to oil wells and air conditioners -- decided to build the world's most sustainable city. Then the financial crisis hit.

Creating jobs in Egypt

Jun 20, 2011
In Egypt, a better economic future has to mean somehow getting jobs for vast numbers of people, but doing that requires a way out of what you might call "The Maze."

Getting unions to work in Egypt

Jun 20, 2011
In Egypt, unions played a key role in driving out the old guard. But the labor movement going forward is having trouble flexing its muscle.

Unlocking Egypt's Economic Future

May 25, 2011
Over the next month, while David Brancaccio is doing stories from Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the Economy 4.0 blog will be looking at the...

Et tu, OECD?

May 24, 2011
You would have thought the venerable promoters of the global economy at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development would have been...

New government unit may predict financial storms

May 19, 2011
The Office for Financial Research, or OFR, is a new government outfit that aims to forecast financial storms before they happen.

George Soros: What if the world isn't worth saving?

Apr 12, 2011
In historic Bretton Woods, N.H., the world's financial rock stars gathered once again to save the world. Only this time, they wonder if it's all worth it.

U.S. borrowing inches toward debt ceiling

Apr 11, 2011
Just days after a deal to cut $38 billion in federal spending averted a government shutdown, politicians gear up for the next battle:to raise or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

Seven Terms to Sound like a Bretton Woods Economist

Apr 11, 2011
Nearly sixty-seven years after an international conference in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire organized a new financial system, an unofficial...