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Mark Garrison

Reporter/Substitute Host

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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 (612)

Hertz to buy Dollar Thrifty for $2.3 billion

Aug 27, 2012
If you think you have a lot of choices in car rentals, you’re wrong. The latest deal caps a long trend of mergers. If it goes through, just three big players will dominate

Lance Armstrong ends fight against doping charges

Aug 24, 2012
The seven-time Tour de France champion will lose his titles. But he and sponsors are betting his brand will endure.

Romney's energy plan: Less regulation, more exploration

Aug 23, 2012
But it probably won't have much impact on consumer's pocketbooks, especially when it comes to the price of gas or electricity.

Priceline resurrects Shatner for new ads

Aug 15, 2012
Pitchman William Shatner appeared to have perished in a Priceline ad in January. So why is he back on air as the Priceline “Negotiator?”

Shoes are the heart of department stores

Aug 14, 2012
Macy's has opened the biggest shoe section in the world. Like other New York department stores, Macy's sees shoes as the hook for women shoppers.

The Ryan effect -- on brands, even hobbies he likes

Aug 13, 2012
Political stars have a way of driving business. What impact will Paul Ryan’s passion for fitness and outdoor activities have in the marketplace?

U.S.'s credit rating cut defies dire predictions

Aug 2, 2012
A year after Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+, interest rates are lower than ever. Who made the right -- and wrong -- predictions?

Chick-Fil-A: When politics impact business

Aug 1, 2012
The Chick-fil-A president’s opposition to gay marriage raises the question: Is it good for business to be politically outspoken?

Antsy consumers prompt weak corporate results

Jul 30, 2012
As companies miss their sales targets, more are citing weak consumer confidence as the reason for lower expected profits this year.

Ford looks to lighten its pickup trucks

Jul 27, 2012
Ford reportedly plans to swap aluminum for much of the steel in its F-150 pickup truck. Will the gamble for fuel efficiency fly with customers?