Many of us still remember David Brancaccio as the host of LA-based "Marketplace," before he headed off in 2003 to other media adventures, including a short stint as host of "California Connected" on KCET. He recently rejoined the family as special correspondent and also took some turns as host of "Marketplace Morning Report," and now will be moving over to host "Marketplace Tech Report." Brancaccio will do his thing from New York, a fact that the flackage takes pains to explain is a good thing.
Brancaccio will continue to be based in New York City and will cover the entire span of tech news, but will be particularly well-positioned to follow the burgeoning tech activity up and down the East Coast. Since technology has become as much an East Coast story as a West Coast one, basing Marketplace Tech Report in New York will give listeners a perspective from outside Silicon Valley.
“By combining Marketplace Tech Report with coverage from Marketplace’s technology correspondent on the West Coast, we will be able to offer listeners a more comprehensive look at the tech world,” said Judy McAlpine, senior vice president and general manager, American Public Media.
“It’s hard to ignore all the tech happenings here in New York; from players like Zynga, Facebook and Twitter setting up major centers, to the start-up culture thriving at companies like Tumblr and Foursquare,” said Brancaccio. “I’m especially interested in enhancing Marketplace’s existing new-driven technology coverage by providing compelling journalism that explores technology’s social impact.”
Current tech host John Moe "will devote the full measure of his talents and energy to 'Wits,' Minnesota Public Radio’s two-year old show that features creative storytelling and musical performances by some of America’s most talented writers and musicians including Fred Willard, Roseanne Cash, Andy Richter, Amy Sedaris and They Might Be Giants."