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)

Changing the way we measure inflation could boost Social Security benefits

Using an index that's representative of retirees would mean a bigger monthly check, but it's a tough sell.
Social Security checks are placed in bins before they are mailed at the U.S. Treasury printing facility in Philadelphia in 20005.
William Thomas Caine/Getty Images

What you need to know about reverse mortgages ... and their new rules

Sep 29, 2017
These mortgages let seniors take out loans, using their homes as security.
The reflection of blue skies and palm trees are seen in the window of a Countrywide banking and home loans location offering reverse mortgages in Sun City, Arizona.

Why is Rihanna's makeup line selling like wild?

Sep 22, 2017
Fenty Beauty boasts 40 shades of foundation. Fans say it gives women of color something they can't find elsewhere.
Bamike Ogunrinu, left, sits as New York City-based makeup artist Etzel Ecleston does her makeup with Fenty Beauty products. The brand, launched this month by popstar Rihanna, has been selling out online and in stores.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

4 things you didn't know about North Korea's economy

Sep 22, 2017
Like, that its economy is actually growing.

This photo illustration shows North Korean currency purchased at a Chinese border town, in Beijing on Mar. 6, 2013.

With breach after breach, why are our Social Security numbers tied to everything?

Sep 15, 2017
Governments and businesses are turning to biometrics to find a universal identifier.
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With DACA's future uncertain, one young recipient pushes ahead with his business dreams

Sep 8, 2017
On the verge of opening his own cafe, Anthoa Munoz's future now teeters on the brink of the unknown.
Anthoa Munoz was 17 years old when he learned that he wasn't born in United States. Now the 25-year-old is working under protections from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. He's in the process of opening his own cafe.
Peter Balonon-Rosen/Marketplace

Where does your donation dollar really go?

Sep 1, 2017
There's a journey between your pocket and the people in need — and a few pit stops along the way.
Sarah Menendez/Marketplace