AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA ANNOUNCES DAVID BRANCACCIO TO HOST MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT

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AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA ANNOUNCES DAVID BRANCACCIO TO HOST MARKETPLACE MORNING REPORT

Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minn., April 25, 2013—American Public Media (APM) today announced that starting May 6, David Brancaccio will be the new host of Marketplace Morning Report, APM’s signature morning business newscast which airs on more than 400 public radio stations nationwide.

Deborah Clark, Executive Producer of Marketplace, says Brancaccio immediately came to mind when current host Jeremy Hobson announced his departure in late March. “We have a wonderful and longstanding relationship with David, dating back to the origins of Marketplace in 1989, and have been looking at ways to maximize his role since he returned in 2010,” says Clark. “As our audiences continue to grow, we are absolutely elated to have David on board as the host of Marketplace Morning Report, bringing his passion for sharing the financial and economic news of the day and how it relates to our listeners nationwide.”

Since his return in 2010, Brancaccio has played a number of important roles on the Marketplace reporting team. Most recently, he’s been the host for Marketplace Tech Report and served as a special correspondent for Economy 4.0, a Marketplace series that aired during the height of the Great Recession and featured in depth reporting on the economy of the future and how to make it work better for more people. Brancaccio investigated the financial regulatory system and its reform (or lack of reform), and how that affected the American people during one of this country’s greatest periods of economic turmoil.

Last year, Brancaccio examined how technology is fundamentally changing the American workforce in his “Robots Ate My Job” series, in which he drove cross-country, avoiding all human contact and only interacting with machines. The thought-provoking and entertaining weeklong series garnered significant media attention.

A seasoned and award-winning journalist, Brancaccio has a knack for telling stories important to our economy and democracy through the eyes of the real people who live in the cross hairs of crucial issues. His accessible yet authoritative approach to investigative reporting and in-depth interviewing have earned his work the highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy and the Walter Cronkite awards.

“David’s among the best in this business,” said Marketplace Host and Senior Editor Kai Ryssdal. “It’s great to have him in the host chair at Marketplace Morning Report, using his experience and insights to help listeners decipher the global economy every day.”

In the early 1990s, Brancaccio was Marketplace’s European correspondent based in London, and hosted Marketplace from 1993 to 2003. He co-anchored the PBS television news magazine program NOW with Bill Moyers from 2003 to 2005, before taking over as the program’s solo anchor in 2005. He then served as special correspondent for Marketplace’s Economy 4.0 series.

A new version of Brancaccio’s public television special about Main Street as an engine of economic innovation titled Fixing the Future was recently released as a feature-length documentary. He is also the author Squandering Aimlessly, a book about how Americans apply their personal values to their money.

“It’s been twenty-three years since I first followed the money for Marketplace. Moving to this spot on our morning team, with its global reach and multimedia savvy, is a reporter’s dream,” says Brancaccio. “My job will be to find cool ways to tell human stories to keep our smart and diverse audience on top of the latest developments in the world economy, business and innovation.”

Brancaccio has a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University. He has appeared on CNBC, MSNBC, and BBC television and his newspaper work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and Britain’s The Guardian.

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About Marketplace and American Public Media

Marketplace is produced and distributed by American Public Media™ (APM), one of the largest producers and distributors of public radio programming in the world with a portfolio reaching nearly 17 million listeners via nearly 800 radio stations nationwide each week and in association with the University of Southern California. Marketplace programs Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, Marketplace Tech Report and Marketplace Money are currently broadcast by more than 500 public radio stations across the United States and are heard by nearly 10 million weekly listeners—the largest audience of any business or economics program on radio or television. Content from Marketplace programs is also available at Marketplace.org, Slacker Radio, Stitcher Radio, Flipboard, LinkedIn and Google Currents. Marketplace programs are well-known for their timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economic and personal finance focusing on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy and wider events linked to the financial markets. For more information on Marketplace visit marketplace.org. For more information on American Public Media visit americanpublicmedia.org.
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