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David Brancaccio is the host of the NPR program Marketplace. He started as a newscaster at a small radio station in Maine. The international news editor for Marketplace happened to hear Brancaccio on the radio, and offered him a free-lance assignment to set up a news office in London. He ended up serving as the program's London bureau chief and was charged with maintaining the program's alliance with The Economist Magazine. He was promoted to host of the program in September of 1993.

He received his Bachelor's degree in history and African studies from Wesleyan University and his Master's degree in journalism from Stanford University. In addition to his work on Marketplace, he is the author of the book Squandering Aimlessly.

Brancaccio is well-travelled and always manages to make what could be a dry subject (economics and financial news) lively and relevant.

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