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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 (1,371)

Disliking Instagram's "like" button

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 21, 2019
Critics say kids' drive for validation and popularity on services like Instagram can lead to anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.
CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP/Getty Images

Fed's challenge: to spur inflation

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 18, 2019
The FOMC meets this week to set interest rate policy, and it faces a slowing economy with inflation falling.
The Federal Reserve building in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Survey finds business leaders are more downbeat

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 12, 2019
Duke University's Global Business Outlook finds nearly half of U.S. CFOs expect a recession by spring 2020.
A sign is posted on the window of a closed CVS store on June 10, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Trade showdown

USDA report to show the impact of wet weather and trade tensions on farmers

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 11, 2019
An Ag report to be released on Tuesday is expected to show the effects of weather and trade tensions on farm supply and demand.
Floodwater from the Mississippi River covers a farmer's field on May 30, 2019 in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Scrimping and saving to attend college debt-free

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 10, 2019
One-third of students don't borrow. Some of them would qualify for federal loans, but want to enter the job market debt-free.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Slowdown in employment is broad-based

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 7, 2019
But it's too soon to say the 10-year economic expansion has run its course.
Economists say some of the pullback in employment last month may be due to uncertainty about U.S. trade policy. Above, workers process cattle near the U.S.-Mexico border in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Short-notice tariffs: a wrench in the border machine

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 6, 2019
The prospect of pop-up tariffs hitting everything coming across the border has the people who work in the export-import trade worried.
Cargo trucks line up to cross into the U.S. at the Otay Mesa crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, in April.
Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

Layoff announcements on the rise, report says

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 6, 2019
Layoffs were concentrated in technology, retail, manufacturing and auto production, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.
Jean Pierre Louis joins with other workers to protest against possible job layoffs at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 01, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Fed was unusually chatty Tuesday

by Mitchell Hartman Jun 4, 2019
Five public speeches? Even for increasingly communicative central bankers, that's a lot.
Fed chair Jerome Powell speaks during a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago on June 4.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Growth is likely slowing after a hot first quarter

by Mitchell Hartman May 30, 2019
GDP grew 3.1% (annualized) in Q1, but growth looks to be slowing for remainder of 2019.
People work in a cafe in midtown Manhattan in February in New York City.

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