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 (2,492)

Stopping dictators retiring with their profits

Feb 10, 2011
Ousted dictators often stash away money while in office and then retire to live off their ill-gotten gains. Now, there are moves to stop that.

Germany encourages citizen stock trading

Feb 5, 2011
In the 90s, German citizens were crazy for telecom and dot-com stocks, driving the prices up as much as 700 percent. But after the bubble burst, citizens lost interest in the German stock exchange, a fact economists now hope to change. David Brancaccio explains.

Change comes to the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Feb 4, 2011
Frankfurt houses Germany's main stock exchange. It's a place that is high-tech, and low on interpersonal activity. And more change is coming.

Bulgaria -- better economy brings no happiness

Feb 2, 2011
In recent years the economy of Bulgaria has improved but country's citizens do not seem to be much happier.

What to take away from Davos

Jan 31, 2011
Economy 4.0 correspondent David Brancaccio talks with Bob Moon about what came out of the deliberations at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year and whether the economic unrest in Egypt detracted from the conference.

Davos and The Missing Link

Jan 31, 2011
Like any decent meal, Econ 4.0 this time around presents an appetizer followed by a main course....

Robin Hood Gets a Davos Invitation

Jan 27, 2011
Guess who French President Nicolas Sarkozy invited to dinner at the World Economic Forum in Davos? The take-from-the-rich, give-to-the-poor hero ...

Worlds Collide: The Day Davos Met Sundance

Jan 26, 2011
It seemed to come out of nowhere, in the middle of Wednesday's big plenary discussion on the "New Economic Reality" at the World Economic Forum in...

Germany's strong economy provides lessons for America

Jan 21, 2011
Germany is good at making things that foreigners want to buy. But frugality and worker protections are key components of Germany's economic strength.

When Economic Success is Not In the Cards

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...