Rob Schmitz is Marketplace’s China correspondent, based in Shanghai.

Schmitz has won several awards for his reporting on China, including two national Edward R. Murrow awards, an Education Writers Association award, and his work was a finalist for the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. His reporting in Japan from the hardest-hit areas near the failing Fukushima nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami was included in the publication 100 Great Stories, celebrating the centennial of Columbia University’s Journalism School. In 2012, Schmitz exposed the fabrications in Mike Daisey’s account of Apple’s supply chain on This American Life. His report was featured in the show’s “Retraction” episode, the most downloaded episode in the program's 16-year history.

Prior to joining Marketplace, Schmitz was the Los Angeles bureau chief for KQED’s The California Report. He’s also worked as the Orange County reporter for KPCC, and as a reporter for MPR, covering rural Minnesota. Prior to his radio career, Schmitz lived and worked in China; first as a teacher in the Peace Corps, then as a freelance print and video journalist. His television documentaries about China have appeared on The Learning Channel and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Among the honors Schmitz has received for his work: the Overseas Press Club Scholarship (2001); The Minnesota Society of Professional Journalist award (2001); the Scripps Howard Religion Writing Fellowship (2001); the International Reporting Project Fellowship (2002); the National Federation of Community Broadcasters award (2002); Golden Mic awards from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California (2005 and 2006); the Peninsula Press Club award (2006); the ASU Media Fellowship, (2007); the Abe Fellowship for Journalists, (2009); the Education Writers Association (2011); finalist, Investigative Reporters and Editors award (2013); two national Edward R. Murrow awards (2012 and 2014). In 2011, the Rubin Museum of Art screened a short documentary Schmitz shot in Tibet.

Schmitz has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He’s lived in Spain, Australia, and China.

A native of Elk River, Minn., Schmitz currently resides in Shanghai, a city that’s far enough away from his hometown to avoid having to watch his favorite football team, the Minnesota Vikings. Sometimes, he says, that’s a good thing. 

 

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Features by Rob Schmitz

Volunteers parade in front of journalists in Beijing on Friday a few minutes before the announcement that the Chinese capital would host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Beijing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics

The country's economy is in a different place this time around.
Posted In: Olympics, Winter Olympics, China, Beijing

Will China actually join Obama's trade deal?

The country is "putting out feelers," and the TPP without China is kind of weak.
Posted In: President Obama, Trans-Pacific Partnership, China
Zhang Wenquan makes his nightly run to Shanghai's massive Tongchuan Road Fish Market to purchase fish to sell at his and his wife's stall at a local wet market.

The path to the middle class in China

The nation's household registration policy is leaving many workers stuck in place.
Posted In: China, fish, middle class, Education

Two profiles of China's economy

China's richest man and a Shanghai fishmonger connect the dots in China's economy.
Posted In: China, middle class, Education, News
Digital screen displays China's stock market prices.

Shanghai's mayor shifts focus away from GDP

For decades, GDP growth has been an "obsession" for China's government. No more.
Posted In: China, GDP, China growth
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote at the Facebook conference last April in San Francisco. Zuckerberg and his wife Tuesday donated $25 million to fight Ebola.

Facebook's Zuckerberg courts China in Chinese

The Facebook founder wowed his audience with a 30 minute speech in Mandarin.
Posted In: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, China

LinkedIn changes policy on banned content in China

Censored content will continue to be blocked inside of China, but not outside.
Posted In: linkedin, China

LinkedIn censors its members in China...globally

Company says it censors posts from China "to protect the safety" of its members.
Posted In: China, internet censorship, linkedin

China levies record antitrust fines on foreign firms

China levies $200 million of fines on Japanese auto parts makers.
Posted In: auto parts, price fixing, China

Foxconn's newest product: a college degree

Foxconn has established an in-house university in efforts to retain workers.
Posted In: China, Foxconn, Chinese economy, apple, News

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