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Deborah Clark

Senior vice president and general manager


Deborah Clark is the former senior vice president and general manager of Marketplace.

I obsess about Marketplace: How to grow it, how to scale it, how to deliver the resources that make it easier for the talented people across the team to be their most creative selves. And I proselytize — we can help all Americans understand the economic forces that shape their lives — and that feels big and important.

What was your first job?

I think it was actually working at a Jack in the Box when I was a junior in high school. Yuck.

In your next life, what would your career be?

A trial consultant — I love the mix of cut and dry (law) with nuance (how people behave).

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

So many … maybe sitting in the Nevada desert in a field of solar panels, sweating profusely in the 100+ heat, awaiting the arrival of then-President Barack Obama and his cavalcade. One of the engineers with us, who shall remain nameless but you can find HIS bio starting with the initials JP, was literally out for the next two days after that interview because he suffered an extreme case of sunstroke.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My then-11-year-old daughter once sent an email to my work address and got an auto-response that I was away from my office on business travel. She responded: "What? What is this? This email doesn't make any sense. It is almost as though you hired me for Marketplace." I keep a printout on my desk and it makes me laugh every time I read it.


Latest Stories (12)

A note about Marketplace Weekend

May 16, 2018
To our loyal listeners, We recently announced Marketplace Weekend will conclude production at the end of June. While difficult, this decision will allow us to increase investment across new platforms, while focusing on our flagship broadcast offerings: Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Tech. We’re grateful to the entire Weekend team – many of whom […]

ReMarket Podcast: The Obama interview

Mar 26, 2012
A podcast highlighting some of our best stories from the past week: An interview with the president of the U.S. and Marketplace Money host Tess Vigeland visits with three men in Detroit who've gone from warehouse and auto jobs to nursing.

Introducing the ReMarket Podcast

Mar 19, 2012
A podcast highlighting some of our best stories from the past week. This week: Hearing from a Homeless Hotspots participant, analyzing the very public resignation of Greg Smith from Goldman Sachs, and China correspondent Rob Schmitz exposes monologist Mike Daisey’s lies.

Retracted: A note about our recent commentary

Feb 2, 2012
More about our retraction of the first-person commentary, titled "Returning Veteran has Few Marketable Skills"

A special edition: Money Through the Ages

Mar 28, 2011
If you listen to Marketplace Money with any regularity, you know we like to say it's never too early to start thinking about your money. How to...

Taxes, taxes and more taxes

Feb 25, 2010
We know you love 'em. But you've still gotta do 'em. So send us your questions, and we'll answer them on the air.