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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 (1,398)

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
I've always wondered...

Why is inflation necessary?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 12, 2019
A listener asks: “Wouldn't an economy without inflation make us all better off?”
Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

How big is the gig economy?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 11, 2019
Estimates of the size of the workforce depend on how freelance or "independent contractor" work is defined.
A California bill is redefining what it means to be a gig economy worker. Above, an Uber Eats rider delivering food.
Jack Taylor/Getty Images

A bright spot on jobs: prime-age workers

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
According to the Labor Department, the employment-to-population ratio for 25- to 54-year-olds hasn't been this high since 2008.
A Walmart cashier rings up purchases as customers look on.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Job creation has downshifted from last year

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 6, 2019
Labor Department data shows average monthly job creation has slowed significantly since 2018.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Reform would guarantee minimum wage to all workers with disabilities

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 3, 2019
The House-passed Raise the Wage Act would phase out subminimum wages for people with disabilities in sheltered workplaces.
Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

More employees are comparing notes and dishing on their pay

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 28, 2019
Robert Half International found more than half of workers surveyed compared notes on pay and benefits with co-workers.

Amgen to pay $13.4 billion for one drug

by Mitchell Hartman Aug 26, 2019
The price tag is high for Otezla, a blockbuster medication with significant upside market potential.
Scott Barbour/Getty Images