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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 (1,427)

Why is inflation still so low?

by Mitchell Hartman and Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 13, 2019
With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, wages — and prices — should be rising faster than they are.
One reason inflation is so low might be globalization.
David McNew/Getty Images

Republicans more upbeat on the economy than Democrats

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 11, 2019
New Pew survey: Most Americans say current economy helps the rich, hurts the poor and middle class.
Partisan views of the economy have historically been tied to the president.
Jewel Samad/AFP via Getty Images

Companies plan to party for the holidays this year

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 10, 2019
More firms are celebrating with employees and serving alcohol than last year, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas survey.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

The economy's hot again. But how long can it last?

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 6, 2019
Recession worries were prominent several months ago, but the latest jobs report suggests those risks are fading.
Consumer spending drives two-thirds of the economy.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Fewer jobs created than first reported

by Mitchell Hartman Dec 6, 2019
The government's benchmark revisions showed 500,000 fewer jobs were created in 2018 and early 2019 than initially thought.
The annual benchmark revision shows that fewer jobs were created than previously thought.
David McNew/Getty Images
Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Our economy has changed. Should our economic indicators change, too?

by Mitchell Hartman and Tony Wagner Nov 26, 2019
That question stumped Kai and Molly on this week's "Make Me Smart." Here's the answer.
Don't count manufacturing out yet.
JIM YOUNG/AFP via Getty Images

In many homes, housework falls disproportionately to young women

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 26, 2019
According to the Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project, unpaid household labor falls disproportionately to women between 16 and 24.
Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Trade showdown

Who's paying the tariffs on Chinese goods? A new report says it isn't the Chinese

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 25, 2019
According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans are paying.
Chinese police officers watch a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province in 2018.
AFP via Getty Images

Private equity is in the hot seat on Capitol Hill

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 19, 2019
Democrats want to rein in their acquisitions. The firms' allies are pushing back.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has proposed a bill that would hold private equity firms accountable for the debt they accrue.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Fiscal policy is needed now, Fed chair says

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 13, 2019
Jerome Powell urges Congress to address "high and rising debt" that puts the federal budget on an "unsustainable path."
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference after the attending the Board’s two-day meeting, on June 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

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