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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)

Your favorite band T-shirt just got a lot pricier

Dec 22, 2017
Band T-shirts from the '90s are hot right now. Really hot.
courtesy of Patrick Klima/WyCo Vintage

Managing mental health in the midst of disaster

Dec 15, 2017
A look at the cost of the impact of disasters on mental health — and the people who's job it is to help.
An inmate firefighter monitors flames as a house burns in the Napa wine region in California on October 9, 2017, as multiple wind-driven fires continue to whip through the region. 

What rescue puppies teach us about supply and demand

Dec 7, 2017
Puppies sometimes make cross-country journeys to meet adoption demands.
Kelly Brown drives the Brother Wolf van through Rutherford County, North Carolina on her way to receive dogs for the trip to Connecticut.
Timothy O'Connell for Topic

The business of disaster: How does the U.S. spend relief money?

Dec 1, 2017
A guide to when the Federal Emergency Management Agency get involved and the rules governing how its funds are spent.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials help people with questions at the George R. Brown Convention Center which was a shelter for evacuees from Hurricane Harvey, in Houston on September 2, 2017.

The hidden history of comic book shops

Nov 24, 2017
On and off the page, the whole industry has had some battles of its own.
Comic books for sale at the Big Apple Comic Book, Art, and Toy Show July 6, 2001 in New York City.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

How women pay an economic price after sexual harassment

Nov 3, 2017
They often move to lower-paying jobs in fields where harassment less likely to occur, a study finds.
Startup Stock Photos

It's open enrollment season. But you'll see fewer ads for it than ever before.

Oct 27, 2017
The Trump administration slashed money for health care marketing and enrollment helpers.
Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

Michael Astrue, a former Social Security commissioner, talks about how and where the backlog starts.
Michael Astrue, former Social Security Administration commissioner, says the backlog starts at the back end. That's where 
“you're having a thousand-day waits.”
Alex Wong/Getty Images

I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

Oct 20, 2017
The decline of chain restaurants coincides with the growth in income disparities.
The second floor dining room at an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar in Manhattan.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Schools have become the latest target of cyberattacks

Oct 13, 2017
A hacking organization shut down a Montana school district for three days following threats of violence and a demand for bitcoin.
A laptop displays a message after being infected by a ransomware as part of a worldwide cyberattack.