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A year-and-a-half late and $1 million short

Aug 23, 2019

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Marketplace Morning Report

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 (1,387)

Job creation revised down by 500,000

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 23, 2019
Bureau of Labor Statistics annual benchmark revisions find job creation was weaker than originally reported last year.
A "now hiring" sign is posted on a table during a career fair for veterans in San Francisco, California.
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Cannabis companies spend and grow, but profits elude

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 14, 2019
Publicly traded cannabis companies have proven a risky investment play.
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Retail earnings likely to disappoint

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 13, 2019
Major retailers are expected to report softer profits this week as tariff risks ramp up.
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Minimum wage hike would boost tipped workers' pay

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 8, 2019
The House-passed Raise the Wage Act would phase out the $2.13 an hour federal minimum for tipped workers.
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Trade showdown

Recession risk rises with trade war

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 7, 2019
The U.S. economy is slowing. Whether it goes into recession could depend on tariffs and trade disruptions.
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Trade showdown

Strong dollar undermines Trump on trade

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 5, 2019
The U.S. dollar offers a safe haven in times of investor uncertainty and fear.
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Trade showdown

Truth-squading Trump's tariff claims

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 2, 2019
The president has said again that China, not the U.S. consumer, pays the cost of tariffs. Economists say that's false.
President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting in February.
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Wage growth stalls in July

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 2, 2019
Annual growth in average hourly earnings has fallen back after hitting 3.4% in Feburary, a post-recession peak.
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Global slowdown could hold back U.S. economy

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 29, 2019
In setting U.S. monetary policy, the Fed is eyeing the global impact of trade wars and other economic troubles.
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World's No.1 beer company falters in U.S.

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 25, 2019
Changing consumer tastes mean Anheuser-Busch InBev's star continues to fall in the U.S.
Bottles of Budweiser beer are displayed at an outdoor bar in New York City.
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