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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 (1,359)

Housing's double whammy: low inventory, high prices

by Mitchell Hartman May 23, 2019
Demand for new homes is highest among people in their 20s and 30s, but for those buyers, it's a challenging housing market.
Frederic J. Brown/Getty Images

Retail sales dip in April. Why are consumers holding back?

by Mitchell Hartman May 15, 2019
It offsets a big surge in retail sales in March.

In logistics, employers scramble for workers

by Mitchell Hartman May 7, 2019
Bureau of Labor Statistics data show nearly 90,000 job openings in warehousing, transportation and utilities in March.
Boxes travel on conveyor belts at an Amazon fulfillment center in Robbinsville, New Jersey, in 2017.
Mark Makela/Getty Images

Why it's the "nonfarm" payrolls report

by Mitchell Hartman May 1, 2019
The Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly report doesn't count jobs down on the farm. We explain why.
Farmworkers pull weeds in a spinach field near El Centro, California, in January.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Here's what's driving increasing college enrollment

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 29, 2019
New data from the Labor Department show more high school graduates enrolled in college last year than in 2017. Nearly 69 percent of 2018 high school graduates went to college, compared to 67 percent the year before. College enrollment has…
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

With no-show inflation, what does the Fed do next?

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 29, 2019
The current rate of inflation is well below target.
The US Federal Reserve building is seen on August 9, 2011 in Washington, DC.
Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

These college students will soon discover what living with debt is like

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 26, 2019
The average borrower will owe about $30,000 on student loans at graduation, which may delay homebuying or saving for retirement.
Sabrina Hayes, a community college student, is applying for financial aid to transfer to Portland State University. She's a single mother of 5-year-old twins and has borrowed about $50,000 to attend college so far.
Mitchell Hartman/Marketplace

How rising oil price ripples through economy

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 25, 2019
Many products and services tend to cost more.
David McNew/Getty Images

African Americans' wages nearly stagnant over decade

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 18, 2019
After adjusting for inflation, black workers' median weekly earnings have risen at a fraction of the pace of wages for white, Hispanic and Asian workers.
After adjusting for inflation, black workers' median weekly earnings have risen at a fraction of the pace of wages for white, Hispanic and Asian workers.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

What can one company’s results tell us about the economy?

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 16, 2019
BlackRock's first-quarter performance exceeded expectations.
“We believe companies need purpose," BlackRock CEO Larry Fink says.
Toru Yamanaka / Staff