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Mitchell Hartman

Senior Reporter

SHORT BIO

I am a staff reporter for Marketplace covering the economy, economic indicators, employment, labor and workforce.

What was your first job?

I had a job every summer during college running the receiving dock in a large sheet metal factory in North Jersey that made cans. My first job in journalism was as an editorial clerk at the Philadelphia Inquirer after graduating college in 1985.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

Marketplace has among the tightest deadlines and the most demanding expectations for daily news stories of any national public radio newsroom IMHO.

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started this career?

If you love your job, stick with it. If you're really good at something, keep doing it.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Bodhisattva (in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, a being on the brink of enlightenment who could end the cycle of rebirth and gain nirvana but chooses to return out of compassion for other beings). Seriously, if I came back in a next life, it would confirm this teaching and I would care more about being in harmony with the universe than having another career. If I had to choose a career (and just be a bodhisattva on the side, I guess), I'd be a public radio reporter again.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Tickets.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Health insurance.

What’s something that you thought you knew but later found out you were wrong about?

Being a parent would constrain my choices and box me in. It did, but I didn't care.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Emceeing a Sotheby's auction of literary memorabilia from the Beat Generation — I sold Jack Kerouac's last shot glass for high six figures. (As David Brancaccio was oft-required to say on air after segments like this: “It was a joke!”)

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Eve Epstein, my former editor and now office mate in the Marketplace Portland bureau at All Classical Portland.

Latest Stories from Mitchell (1,453)

Housing starts down for the month, up for the year

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 19, 2020
The Census Bureau reported housing starts fell 3.6% in January 2020 from the previous month, but rose 21.4% from January 2019.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

U.S. firms dealing with high CEO turnover

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 13, 2020
Executives are navigating new technologies, new competitors, fallout from the trade war and a scramble for talent with low unemployment.
Executives are navigating new technologies, new competitors and fallout from the trade war as they scramble for talent in a tight labor market.
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Florida unemployed face weaker safety net

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 12, 2020
After jobless claims spiked in the Great Recession, the state changed its system to pay less for a shorter duration to fewer recipients.
Florida is among a number of states that have cut back on unemployment assistance. Above, Miami Beach.
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Fed chair flags corporate bond risk

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 11, 2020
In a report submitted to Congress the Federal Reserve highlighted an increase in the riskiest investment-grade corporate debt.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on "Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy" on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Feb. 11, 2020.
Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

A look at the economics of early voting and caucus states

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 11, 2020
A primer on unemployment, job-creation and economic anxiety in early voting states.
Democratic presidential hopefuls take part in the eighth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Feb. 7, 2020.
Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images
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Coronavirus disrupts Apple's supply chains

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 10, 2020
The company remains heavily dependent on Foxconn's factories in China for iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Workers assemble electronic components at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China.
AFP via Getty Images

Workers see sluggish wage gains with fewer hours on the job

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 7, 2020
Average weekly earnings give a snapshot of how much workers are taking home in their paychecks.
Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

California communities see increases in pension costs

by Mitchell Hartman Feb 6, 2020
For every dollar the state's public agencies pay in wages this year, those employers will have to fork over 25 cents on average to CalPERS to cover retiree benefits.
Max Whittaker/Getty Images

Mexican economy hits the skids

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 30, 2020
Mexico's economy contracted by 0.1% in 2019, beset by trade-related troubles and policy uncertainty.
Employees work on the assembly line of the Tiguan model, at the Volkswagen car plant in Puebla, Mexico, in 2018.
Pedro Pardo/AFP via Getty Images

IMF: Global growth to inch up in 2020

by Mitchell Hartman Jan 20, 2020
The International Monetary Fund has updated its world economic outlook and now projects global growth will rise to 3.3% in 2020.
International Monetary Fund Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva attends a World economic outlook during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Jan. 20, 2020.
Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images