Mark Garrison

Reporter/Substitute Host


Mark Garrison is a former reporter and substitute host for Marketplace.

Based in New York, Mark joined Marketplace in 2012. He covered a variety of topics, including economics, marketing, employment, banking, the military, media and culture. In 2014 – 2015, Mark studied at Columbia Business School on a Knight-Bagehot Fellowship. During the 2012 campaign, he reported on money in politics as part of the Marketplace collaboration with PBS’s Frontline, which won the Investigative Reporters & Editors Award.

His previous public radio experience includes newscasting for NPR, The Takeaway and WNYC. He also reported from Germany for international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Mark’s career spans TV, radio, online and print media, including national and international travel to cover breaking news on elections, trials and natural disasters. Among his previous employers are NBC, ABC and CNN. At CNN, he was senior editorial producer for Anderson Cooper 360°, part of the team that won Peabody, Emmy and duPont awards.

Apart from the news business, Mark is most experienced in the restaurant world, as a cook, bartender, manager and server. That sometimes proves useful in his journalism. Besides Marketplace, his reports and commentaries on food and drink have appeared on NPR, the History Channel, the Cooking Channel, Slate, CBC, WNYC and KPCC. He has been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award.

Mark has a master’s degree from Columbia University and two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Georgia. A member of a military family who lived in many places growing up, Mark now resides in Brooklyn with his wife. They enjoy culture, food and travel throughout America and abroad.


Latest Stories (612)

03/14/17: The connection between the weather and employment numbers

Mar 14, 2017
David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, joins us to discuss the economic impact of the GOP's new health care proposal and how seasonal changes can affect the government's monthly jobs report. Next, we'll look at a new survey that finds 40 percent of colleges and universities have seen a drop in international applicants, and then explore the economic factors driving the upcoming Dutch election.

03/13/17: Are constant rate hikes a good thing?

Mar 13, 2017
With the next Fed meeting coming up soon, market strategist Karyn Cavanaugh stops by to explain what we can expect from Janet Yellen and co., and whether we should be worried about the possibility of constant rate hikes. Next, we'll report on the start of the debt ceiling countdown clock, and then talk with laid-off aluminum workers from Wenatchee, Washington about memories from their line of work.
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen speaks at a news conference. The better-than-expected jobs numbers give the Fed another reason to raise interest rates.
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03/10/17: The end of sugary soda's reign

Mar 10, 2017
February employment numbers are out, revealing that the U.S. added 235,000 jobs last month. FTN Financial's Chris Low joins us to explain what these numbers say about the economy. Next, we'll explore rise of co-worker spaces designed specifically for women. Plus: news that bottled water has overtaken soda as the no. 1 drink of choice for Americans.

03/09/17: U.S. stocks continue to be on a roll

Mar 9, 2017
U.S. infrastructure has just received a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The overall grade? D+. Diane Swonk from DS Economics stops by to explain the benefits of investing in infrastructure. Next, we'll look at how a February shooting in Kansas against two men from India is causing fear among international workers. And finally, we'll discuss whether U.S. stocks can continue with their winning streak.

Will France abandon the euro?

Mar 9, 2017
The U.K. voted to leave the EU last June in a turbulent move. Will we see similar changes in France?
A view of euro banknotes.

03/08/17: Businesses seem to be feeling pretty good right now

Mar 8, 2017
Strong employment numbers are moving the market this morning. Private companies grew payrolls by 298,000 jobs — way ahead of expectations. Susan Schmidt from Westwood Holdings Group explains what these figures say about confidence in the business community. Next, we'll look at how the Raisin Capital of the World is coping with falling prices and foreign competition.

Introducing exchange-traded funds with 'biblical values'

Mar 7, 2017
The companies that are being screened out include those that are vocal about lesbian, gay and transgender issues.
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03/07/17: Jackie Chan's push for more foreign films

Mar 7, 2017
House Republicans have unveiled a plan to replace Obamacare. JPMorgan Funds' David Kelly stopped by to discuss how the new proposal will affect businesses. Next, we'll chat with scholar Daniel J. Levitin about how we can become better critical thinkers amid a sea of fake news. And finally, we'll look at Jackie Chan's push for a more open movie market in China.

03/06/17: The American car company that's giving up on Europe

Mar 6, 2017
Amid news that GM is selling its European car brands, Automobile Magazine's Jamie Kitman breaks down what the move could mean for the company's future. Next, we'll look at why cities might not include potential federal cuts in their budget proposals and then discuss the increased preoccupation with politics at the office.