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

A view of a home for sale in San Francisco, California.

New home sales up, existing home sales down

A strengthening housing market brings a shortage of homes for sale, and rising prices for would-be homebuyers.
Posted In: homeownership, Housing, Great Recession
A view of the "Morning Glory" hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

At 100 years old, the National Parks need $12 billion of TLC

With more visitors and sites to maintain, the National Park Service is playing catch up.
Posted In: National Parks Service, national parks
A bicyclist rides by a row of homes in San Francisco, California.

Jumbo mortgages bigger piece of the housing pie

Jumbo mortgages constitute a growing share of mortgage lending by big banks, which may disadvantage people of color in the housing market.
Posted In: mortgage, Fannie Mae, FHA
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during the Republican National Convention in July at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Trump doubts government reports of low unemployment

Republican candidate Donald Trump charges government employment reports are politically manipulated, and that the "real" jobless rate is 24 percent or higher.
Posted In: donald trump, Unemployment, Donald Trump Jr.

TPP galvanizes voters, divides both parties

How did a complicated, arcane international trade deal become a defining issue in the 2016 election?
Posted In: TPP, trade agreements, NAFTA, DNC, RNC

Fed holds rates steady amid political uncertainty

And action is even less likely as the presidential election approaches.
Posted In: FOMC, inflation, labor market

Facebook commits to build housing in Menlo Park

The social media giant plans to add 6,500 jobs, and 1,500 housing units, in an area facing an acute affordable-housing crisis.
Posted In: affordable housing, Silicon Valley, Facebook
In June, existing home sales hit their highest level since 2007.

Housing held back by too few new homes

Home sales have been on the rise, and so have home prices. But home builders are not ramping up production to even approach pre-recession levels.
Posted In: housing market, mortgage, new homes
The U.S. economy appears to be in pretty good shape this summer.

Economy is fodder for politics

The state of the economy will influence voters and offer talking points to both parties' candidates.
Posted In: Economy, 2016 election, consumer confidence

The middle-class American vacation: a history

A Marketplace-Edison Research Poll finds that nearly 1 in 4 Americans haven't taken a vacation in more than 5 years.
Posted In: holiday travel, vacations, Marketplace-Edison Research Poll


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