Mitchell Hartman

Mitchell Hartman is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Entrepreneurship Desk and also covers employment.

A veteran Marketplace reporter, he was hired in 1994 as an assistant producer on the Marketplace Morning Report, hosted that program in 1996 and 1997 and then served as commentary editor and features editor for all Marketplace productions. Mitchell left Marketplace in 2001 to move to Portland, Ore., where he served as editor of a statewide business magazine, Oregon Business, and was subsequently editor of Reed College’s alumni magazine. In 2008, Mitchell returned to Marketplace to serve in his current position, filing reports from his bureau’s base at Oregon Public Broadcasting in his adopted hometown of Portland.

Since 2008, Mitchell has produced a number of broadcast series, including “Different States of Unemployment” (spring 2009) and “Help Not Wanted” (summer 2010). He also traveled to Egypt to cover the Arab Spring.

Mitchell enjoys his work as a radio reporter because it provides him the opportunity to “ask impertinent questions and exercise my curiosity to the max.” Before his career with American Public Media, Mitchell worked in human rights and refugee advocacy for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). He has also worked at the Philadelphia InquirerCairo Today magazine, Middletown PressNew Haven Register and for Pacifica Radio, Monitor Radio, the BBC and the CBC.

Mitchell is a native of Teaneck, N.J., and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York.


Features by Mitchell Hartman

Fintech is supplanting traditional transaction methods.

Bank jobs and branches in decline

There will 800,000 fewer bank jobs in the U.S. by 2025, according to a Citigroup report.
Posted In: banking, Great Recession, employment

Domino's charged with wage theft in New York

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman accuses Domino's of being a 'joint employer' with franchisees and responsibility for labor violations.
Posted In: Domino's, wage theft, McDonald's, Wal-Mart
New home sales are less than half of what they were in the mid-2000s.

New home sales lag overall market

New home sales have risen moderately since 2011 as builders focus on higher-priced homes for higher-income buyers.
Posted In: new homes, home sales, housnig
Apple’s sales in India have been low, but CEO Tim Cook is looking to change that.

Apple and India looking to each other for growth

India still accounts for a small proportion of Apple sales, but the market is expanding rapidly. Indian officials would like Apple to do more high-tech production there.
Posted In: apple, tim cook, India

Crowdfund my startup, please!

New SEC rules allow ordinary investors to buy equity shares in small businesses. That could help spur entrepreneurship.
Posted In: venture capital, SEC, investor
Bull in China, a new retail site based in Portland, Oregon, designs and sells locally made hand-crafted bar tools online.

Some retail entrepreneurs push brands in-store and online

As major U.S. retail chains struggle to maintain sales and profits, some new retailers are thriving.
Posted In: Retail, Economy, e-commerce, online retail

Transgender students and the cost of noncompliance

States that spurn new rules for protecting transgender student rights risk funding

How some brick-and-mortar retailers will survive e-commerce

Retailers are trying to generate foot traffic in stores with food offerings and more "branded experience."
Posted In: Retail, online retail, brick-and-mortar stores
The rate at which people voluntarily quit their current jobs to look for something better is back up to pre-recession levels.

More Americans quitting is a good sign

A report from the Labor Department shows how much the job market has improved since the Great Recession ended.
Posted In: Jobs, hiring, employment

Does the April employment report show signs of a slowdown?

The economy added 160,000 in April, according to the Labor Department, while unemployment held steady at 5 percent.
Posted In: Jobs, Economy, employment, Department of Labor


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