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.

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Features by Mitchell Hartman

Consumer spending is slowing down and so is the GDP

Gross domestic product rose 0.5 percent at the start of 2016, with business investment and exports falling, and spending by consumers slowing down.
Posted In: Economy, GDP, Commerce Department, wages, Jobs
Wal-Mart will close more than 100 stores this year.

Retail shakeout: Web stores on the rise

Retailers are trying to figure out how to match the sales volume and customer experience of brick-and-mortar stores on their e-commerce sites.
Posted In: brick-and-mortar stores, websites, e-commerce

SNL: Fewer ads, more 'sponsored content'

NBC will reduce commercials in a bid to keep viewers from watching on new media platforms that let them skip the ads altogether.
Posted In: Saturday Night Live, advertising, SNL, NBC
The Federal Reserve headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Fed still planning interest rate hikes — but when?

Economists predict the Fed will hold off on raising interest rates this week.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, 2016 election

Jobless claims as low as in 1973, but was that a good year?

Back in '73, the U.S. was already in a recession that would leave deep scars on the economy.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment, jobless claims

15 years of labor shortages predicted for the U.S. economy

The Conference Board reports that retiring Baby Boomers, strong job creation, and weak productivity growth are combining to create labor shortages across the country.

A few surprising facts about Emancipation Day

April 15 is not tax day this year. It's Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C., commemorating President Lincoln's signing of the first emancipation act of the Civil War.
The Ford Motor Company World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.

Ford gets hip to attract tech workers

Ford has announced a big building and renovation spree at its professional facilities in the Detroit area.
Posted In: Detroit, automakers, technology
You're getting a few extra days to file your taxes this year.

April 15 is not tax day this year

Local holidays in Washington, D.C., Maine and Massachusetts are giving Americans a three- or four-day grace period for filing their taxes this year.
Posted In: federal taxes, holidays
A worker moves aluminum pipes for a company in Qinghai Province, China.

U.S. trade commission to investigate foreign aluminum producers

Aluminum overproduction has led to dramatic price declines for the item.
Posted In: exports, aluminum, foreign markets

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