John Dimsdale

Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief, Marketplace


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 (983)

Congress still dancing around gas prices

May 3, 2006
The scramble to do something about gas prices continues on Capitol Hill but critics claim Congress is only tinkering at the edges of the real problems. John Dimsdale does a little history on gas price legislation — and fear…

The fight over fuel economy standards

May 2, 2006
Ten states sued the federal government today to strengthen gas mileage requirements for SUVs. John Dimsdale reports on what may be a major attack on the country's Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards.

Fed rosy on inflation?

May 2, 2006
With the economy rocketing along, is the Federal Reserve worried about inflation again? It depends on which Fed members you ask. John Dimsdale reports.

Congressional preview

May 1, 2006
Weary senators take another stab this week at efforts to extend tax cuts and pass an emergency spending bill laden with earmarks. John Dimsdale reports.

War of words escalates

Apr 26, 2006
Iran's leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened today to strike at US interests if his country is attacked. Meanwhile, the House approved a bill that would block loans and export licenses to companies doing business with Iran's oil industry. John Dimsdale…

OPEC meeting

Mar 8, 2006
OPEC ministers gather in Vienna today to discuss future petroleum production. As John Dimsdale reports, the buzzwords at this meeting will be "political stability."

NOLA small businesses

Feb 28, 2006
In honor of Mardi Gras, reporter John Dimsdale checks in with small business owners in the Big Easy to chart their progress in the six months since Katrina.

The IRS wants you

Feb 22, 2006
The Internal Revenue Service reports millions of taxpayers are due a refund that will revert back to Uncle Sam if they don't claim the money soon. John Dimsdale reports.

Budget cuts

Feb 2, 2006
A bill to cut nearly $40 billion in government spending is on its way to President Bush for his signature, but the final vote in the House was a squeaker. John Dimsdale reports.

Environmental Performance Index

Jan 24, 2006
A group of researchers from Yale and Columbia has devised a scorecard to rate countries on how well they manage their environmental and natural resources. As John Dimsdale reports, the US lags behind most of the developed world.