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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 (1,405)

Retail sales falter in September

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 16, 2019
Will consumers stop propping up aging economic recovery?
Retail sales fell in September, surprising experts. But it doesn't mean the economy is trending down.
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Here's what a "good economy" means to these shoppers

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 9, 2019
Consumers appear confident and willing to spend now, but they're worried about the future and haunted by memories of the Great Recession.
Consumers shopping in May in New York City.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Quits rate shows workers ready to jump ship

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 9, 2019
Voluntary quitting is at an 18-year high.
A "now hiring" sign is posted on a table during a career fair for veterans in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Wage gains flatten in September

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 4, 2019
Average hourly earnings were unchanged in September, and the annual growth rate fell 0.3% from the previous month.
An employee restocks a shelf in the grocery section of a Wal-Mart Supercenter in 2005 in Troy, Ohio.
Chris Hondros/Getty Images

Weekly wage growth is flagging as work hours stagnate

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 4, 2019
Average hourly earnings have grown steadily since last year, but growth in average weekly earnings is down.
A Walmart store in Miami.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

New overtime rule won't slam employers, say experts

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 25, 2019
Many employers are already prepared for the rule change.
A new proposal to allow most employees making $35,000 or less to qualify for overtime pay comes three years after a similar Obama-administration proposal that failed.
AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Can consumers keep spending it up?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 24, 2019
Consumer confidence has held up well in spite of trade turmoil, tariff threats and market volatility.
People walking in the rain with their shopping bags in New York City.
Andrew Burton/Getty Images

OECD: Growth downgraded, fiscal policy needed

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 19, 2019
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development echoes central bankers, saying monetary policy alone can't spur global growth.
Laurence Boone, chief economist of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, presents the OECD interim economic outlook in Paris in 2018.
Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

The Federal Reserve will have a lot to talk about this week

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 16, 2019
The central bankers will decide whether or not to cut interest rates.
Jerome Powell, chair of the Federal Reserve's board of governors, speaks during a conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in June.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Consumers, businesses walk different paths on spending

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 13, 2019
Retail sales remain strong. Business spending is down.
Retail sales were up 0.4 percent in August. Above, a woman carries a shopping bag in
the Herald Square neighborhood in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images