David Brancaccio

Host and Senior Editor, Marketplace Morning Report


David Brancaccio is host and senior editor of “Marketplace Morning Report.” There is a money story under nearly everything, but David often focuses on regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, the history of innovation, digital privacy, sustainability, social enterprises and financial vulnerability in older adults. David freelanced for Marketplace in 1989 before becoming the program’s European correspondent based in London in 1990.

David hosted the evening program from 1993-2003, then anchored the award-winning public television news program “Now” on PBS after a period co-hosting with journalist Bill Moyers. David has co-produced and appeared in several documentaries, including “Fixing the Future,” about alternative approaches to the economy, and “On Thin Ice,” about climate change and water security, with mountaineer Conrad Anker. David is author of “Squandering Aimlessly,” a book about personal values and money. He enjoys moderating public policy discussions, including at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Chicago Ideas Week and the Camden Conference in Maine.

David is from Waterville, Maine, and has degrees from Wesleyan and Stanford universities. Honors include the Peabody, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University, Emmy and Walter Cronkite awards. He is married to Mary Brancaccio, a poet and educator. They have three offspring, all adults. He likes making beer and building (and launching) pretty big rockets. Among his heroes are Edward R. Murrow and Wolfman Jack.

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How the game has changed for Black college athletes

Following a Florida bill that effectively bans DEI programs at the state's college and universities, the NAACP has called on Black athletes to reconsider attending predominantly white institutions.
"The game has changed, no pun intended," when it comes to athletes and activism, said "Marketplace" special correspondent Lee Hawkins. "NIL deals are now part of the equation, the stakes are so much higher."
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Inside the wide world of indie video games

Yes, the video game industry is in turbulent times. But there's also a vast ecosystem of games built by those outside the major studios.
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Is the passive investing boom bad news?

These kinds of investments – like putting money into index funds – now make up somewhere between 15% and 38% of the stock market.
Index funds have historically been a generally easy, cheap and profitable way to invest your money.
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State legislatures advance measures to support local news

Bills in New York and California include things like tax credits for employing local journalists and taxes on Meta and Google.
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Glitz, glamor and economics at this year's upfronts

Media companies are leaning more into digital assets like streaming as advertisers continue to shy away from investing in broadcast television.
Media companies often try to woo advertisers during their upfronts, such as this year's Amazon Prime Video announcement of a "Legally Blonde" prequel series.
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New China tariffs have arrived. How do voters feel about them?

New polling data reveals that voters generally support tariffs more when they target China.
This week, President Joe Biden unveiled tariff increases for electric vehicle batteries, computer chips and more coming from China.
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Indie games are a “heart-dominant” business

May 14, 2024
David Brancaccio on the parallels between Super Meat Boy and Picasso’s masterpieces.
Tommy Refenes, one of the developers of Super Meat Boy.
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A markets regulator is concerned about bets on election results

Financial regulators are worried about derivatives markets — especially ones regarding elections.
"There's some concern that goes back to the election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, where people placed ... big bets that Mitt Romney would win," said the University of Michigan's Erik Gordon.
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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on credit card points, airline miles and transparency

We'll hear why the Secretary wants to bring more transparency to airline and credit card rewards programs.
Airline miles are "not just perks; they're increasingly something we think of as part of our savings," said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
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Working toward an economy that meets everyone's needs

Natalie Foster, President of the Economic Security Project, discusses the important role of government guarantees in shaping the future of the economy.
In her new book, Natalie Foster explores the feasibility of a new economic framework that would mean more economic stability for everyday Americans.
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