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John Dimsdale

Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Marketplace

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John Dimsdale has spent almost 40 years in radio. As head of Marketplace’s Washington, D.C., bureau, he provides insightful commentary on the intersection of government and money for the entire Marketplace portfolio.

As Dimsdale notes, “Sooner or later, every story in the world comes through Washington,” and reporting on those issues is like “… going to school with all the best professors and then reporting to listeners what I found out at the end of the day … Can you believe they pay me to do that?”

Dimsdale began working for Marketplace in 1990, when he opened the D.C. bureau. The next day, Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, triggering the first Gulf War, and Dimsdale has been busy ever since.

In his 20 years at Marketplace, Dimsdale has reported on two wars, the dot-com boom, the housing bust, healthcare reform and the greening of energy. His interviews with four U.S. Presidents, four Hall-of-Famers, broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, computer scientist Sergey Brin, U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson and former U.S. Vice President Hubert Humphrey stand out as favorites. Some of his greatest contributions include a series on government land-use policies and later, a series on the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste disposal site.

Before joining Marketplace, Dimsdale worked at NPR, the Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Post-Newsweek Stations and Independent Network News.

A native of Washington, D.C., and the son of a federal government employee, Dimsdale has been passionate about public policy since the Vietnam War. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo.

Dimsdale and his wife, Claire, live in the suburb of Silver Spring, Md., and when not working, he enjoys traveling, carpentry, photography, videography, swimming and home brewing.

Latest Stories from John (983)

After rough year, Best Buy could go private

by John Dimsdale Jun 27, 2012
Best Buy, the big electronic warehouse store, may be going private. The store's founder and largest shareholder, Richard Schulze, is reportedly talking to Wall Street banks about a major restructuring of the company.

Microsoft bets $1.2 billion on social networking for behind the firewall

by John Dimsdale Jun 26, 2012
Microsoft picks up Yammer to add business-friendly social networking software to its Office productivity software

The U.S. is not number one, according to data

by John Dimsdale Jun 26, 2012
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says the U.S. is trailing in education and that our companies are no longer more innovative than other countries

New settlement comes out of Madoff Ponzi scandal

by John Dimsdale Jun 25, 2012
There's a new settlement related to the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme. It's about a money manager named Ezra Merkin, who has agreed to pay more than $400 million dollars to his former customers who lost billions when he invested their…

With USPS cuts, mail would move more slowly

by John Dimsdale Jun 20, 2012
A "postal austerity" doesn't come without a cost to customers.

Consumer bureau out with first list of complaints

by John Dimsdale Jun 19, 2012
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has made public the details of 137 complaints against credit card companies, but it's just a small fraction of the almost 17,000 such complaints the agency received.

'Big Sunscreen' wins delay in new FDA rules

by John Dimsdale Jun 18, 2012
Stricter regulations on what sunscreen packaging can say were supposed to go into effect today, just in time for summer. But a delay sought by the industry means they won't happen until the winter.

Consumer agency nears release of complaints

by John Dimsdale Jun 15, 2012
With few regulatory teeth and partisan fighting over its budget, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to carve out a role as a place people go to air financial grievances.

IMF says Chinese currency a little stronger

by John Dimsdale Jun 12, 2012
But experts say the yuan is still substantially undervalued against the U.S. dollar. And the change won't mean much improvement in the persistent U.S.-China trade imbalance.

New push to ease student loan repayment

by John Dimsdale Jun 7, 2012
The federal government will streamline the process that borrowers use to get their payments capped at just 15 percent of their salaries.