Amy Scott is Marketplace’s education correspondent. In addition to covering the K-12 and higher education beats, she files general business and economic stories for Marketplace programs and, drawing from her experience covering finance in New York.

Scott joined Marketplace as a production assistant in September 2001, moving in 2002 to Washington, D.C., as a staff reporter. From 2003 to 2010, she reported from Marketplace’s New York bureau, focusing on the culture of Wall Street, and becoming bureau chief in 2008. In addition to leading Marketplace’s New York coverage of the financial crisis, Scott hit the road for two cross-country trips, exploring how Americans experienced the fallout. In 2008, she produced stories for Marketplace’s remote broadcasts from Egypt and Dubai for the Middle East @ Work series. In 2009, she spent a month reporting in Germany as a McCloy Fellow. She is now based in Baltimore.

In 2012 Scott and Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz won a national Edward R. Murrow award for their investigation of agencies that place Chinese students in U.S. colleges. Their work also won first prize for investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association. Other honors include a 2010 National Headliner Award and a special citation from the Education Writers Association for an investigation of recruiting abuses at the University of Phoenix, co-reported with Sharona Coutts of ProPublica. The stories led U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings to call for hearings on the conduct of for-profit colleges in the United States. Scott also won a Gracie Allen Award for feature reporting in 2006.

Before joining Marketplace, Scott worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run. She spends much of her free time exploring Maryland’s hiking trails or playing various musical instruments. She is a long-time student and performer of Javanese gamelan music.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott has a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied documentary filmmaking.


Features by Amy Scott

 UC Berkeley students walk through Sproul Plaza on campus. According to census data, there is a downward trend of low income students enrolling in higher education.

College enrollment drops among low-income students

Despite billions of dollars invested, college access still lags.
Posted In: college enrollment, low-income students

Cultural centers take center stage in campus protests

Students protesting the racial climate on college campuses push for safe space.
Posted In: race, diversity, college, campus protest

Doctors vote to stop drug ads to consumers

The American Medical Association wants a ban on ads, saying they drive up prices.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals
Students walk across the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. New data shows a decline in students meeting the mark for 6 year college completion rate.

College completion rates fall again

After college enrollment swelled during the recession, graduation rates dropped.
Posted In: college, recession, graduation rates
 Members of the activist organization Concerned Student 1950 celebrate after the resignation of Missouri University President Timothy M. Wolfe on the school's campus Monday in Columbia, Missouri.

Will Missouri Tigers level the football playing field?

Protests and a football strike bring down the University of Missouri's president.
Posted In: college sports, college football, diversity, protest

The text of the TPP

The TPP's text, SeaWorld's PR campaign, and a move to Nashville.

Apple TV tunes into MOOCs

Massive open online courses move into the living room
Posted In: MOOC, apple tv, college
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2."

The Hunger Games may ride a new roller coaster

Lionsgate partners with theme parks here and abroad to bring its movies to life.
Posted In: movie, Hunger Games, theme parks

College debt isn't just for the young

Many paying off student loans say the education wasn't worth the debt.
Posted In: student loans, college

When the bill for college outweighs the benefit

For one college grad, student loan debt delivered a lasting lesson.
Posted In: student loans, college


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