Mark Garrison

Reporter/Substitute Host


Mark Garrison is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace.

Based in New York, Mark joined Marketplace in 2012. He covers 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 from Mark (612)

Mid-day Update

03/03/17: What's behind Bitcoin's success?

by Mark Garrison Mar 3, 2017
Bitcoin closed above the price of gold for the first time. It's seen wild swings in price during it short lifetime, but it's been up as of late. Steve Hanke, an economics professor at Johns Hopkins, breaks down the reasons.…

U.S. companies are hopeful but wary about trade under Trump

by Mark Garrison Feb 27, 2017
President Donald Trump’s administration promises a very different trade approach than its predecessors. Trump and his team have criticized trade deals involving multiple countries, preferring to work with countries one-on-one. It appears multilateral deals are out and bilateral deals are…

Yayoi Kusama exhibit is an economic puzzle for museum

by Mark Garrison Feb 24, 2017
The lines are long but entry is free. So how can the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn capitalize on its 'blockbuster'?
Yayoi Kusama's "Phalli’s Field," 1965, is one of the infinity mirror room installations at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Cathy Carver
Mid-day Update

02/24/17: Can the post-election stock market rally last?

by Mark Garrison Feb 24, 2017
Stocks are a bit down today, following a rise since the election. Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, discusses whether investors are being more realistic. We'll also look at JC Penney's efforts to fight against the slump department stores…
Mid-day Update

02/23/17: The possibility of a century-long bond

by Mark Garrison Feb 23, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may be taking on an unusual business plan: ultra-long bonds. Diane Swonk from DS Economics explains the rationale behind the proposal. Afterwards, we'll look at how educators are trying to fight against the stigma of vocational…

TPP is dead, but US-Japan trade lives on

by Mark Garrison Feb 9, 2017
Prime Minister Abe will meet with President Trump tomorrow.

Airline executives air their issues over breakfast with Trump

by Mark Garrison Feb 9, 2017
Issues over a long-running competition are sure to come up.

Brooklyn and Berlin partner up to drive tech growth

by Mark Garrison Feb 7, 2017
The cities connect to boost innovation and their emerging tech startup scenes.
New Lab, a space for startups located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Courtesy New Lab
Mid-day Update

02/03/17: What does Trump's first jobs report reveal?

by Mark Garrison Feb 3, 2017
The first jobs report of the Trump administration shows that the U.S. gained 227,000 jobs, beating experts' predictions. Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, joins us to put all of the job data into context. Afterward, we'll take a…

Trump's first jobs report: Are more jobs on the way?

by Mark Garrison Feb 3, 2017
The economy added more jobs in January, but unemployment ticked up slightly.
Job seekers fill out paperwork in Santa Clara, California.
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