Peter Balonon-Rosen



Peter produced the narrative podcasts “The Uncertain Hour” and “This Is Uncomfortable.” He also reported radio features for Marketplace’s radio programs, wrote for our website and served as an in-studio and field photographer.

What was your first job?


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

Video conferences.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Foley artist.

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

Snacks for the snack desk.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Seeking out tornadoes with storm chasers for half a week to report a story about the business of storm chasing. Watching severe storms develop over the prairies of Nebraska was breathtaking.

Latest Stories (47)

How women landed the invisible work of social media labor

Jun 1, 2018
It can start with the language used in job descriptions.
Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images

With tariffs on our closest allies, what kind of trade policy is this?

Jun 1, 2018
It's "a steady policy of throwing stink bombs into rooms, having the room clear out and then saying, 'OK, let's sit down and talk.'"
Mexico announced sweeping retaliatory tariffs on a host of U.S. goods Thursday after the United States slapped steep tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union. Above, a man works in a steel distribution factory in Monterrey in northern Mexico on May 31.

Not white? Ancestry services don't work so well. Companies are looking for fixes.

May 25, 2018
More people of color need to take DNA tests to improve the results, but people of color won't buy kits if they don't provide worthwhile information. can reveal DNA information from 289 regions in Europe and four regions in Asia.
courtesy Michael Kim

In Puerto Rico, no title, no lease and no assistance to rebuild

Apr 26, 2018
There's no official count of how many people lived in makeshift, informal housing but estimates put over half of the housing on the island as built informally.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Wonder why Maxwell House makes Passover Haggadot? You're not alone

Mar 30, 2018
It's the work of one of the longest ongoing sales promotions in U.S. history.
Maxwell House Haggadot dating back to 1932.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Women and the gig economy: "Every job you have is essentially the last one"

A recent Marketplace-Edison Research Poll found that only 39 percent of gig workers are women.
A dog walker awaits dogs to go on a crosswalk in New York, April 8, 2013.

Women and their employers can both work to combat gender wage gaps

Mar 16, 2018
For every dollar that U.S. men make, women make about 80 cents. Black women make 63 cents for every dollar white men make. Latinas make 54 cents.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

When government can't solve problems, more companies seek to step in

The "solution economy" is taking on issues like malaria eradication and gun control. And it doesn't hurt the bottom line.
Information about malaria and dengue is written on a board at a municipal corporation office in the Indian capital New Delhi in 2015. Malaria is one issue that companies, foundations and governments are seeking to address alongside one another.

One in 7 men say they've been sexually harassed at work

While the vast majority of workplace sexual harassment cases are brought by women, men too experience sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace. It's an issue, surrounded by a culture of stigma and silence, that lawyers and advocates say often goes unnoticed and underreported.
According to the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, about 14 percent of men have personally experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.
Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images