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 marketplace.org, 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

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New social finance site for student loans

SoFi launches an experimental new, community-based student lending program that provides students with lower cost loans and school alumni with a unique investment opportunity.
Posted In: social lending, student loans, lending, education costs
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Community college raises prices on popular classes

Now to a community college here in Southern California that has been losing funding from the state. And to make up for that, Santa Monica College is jacking up tuition for its most popular classes by 500 percent.
Posted In: community colleges, college tuition
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Transportation construction could grind to a halt

Construction on roads and bridges around the country could grind to a halt this weekend, and over a million jobs could be at risk.
Posted In: Transportation, Washington D.C., Congress
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SAT and ACT to adopt tougher security standards

The people who put together the SAT and ACT college entrance exams have announced new security standards in response to a cheating scandal.
Posted In: SAT, ACT, college
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Individual mandate under review in Supreme Court

Can the government force uninsured individuals to buy health insurance? It's known as the individual mandate, and it could soon be declared unconstitutional.
Posted In: health care reform law, individual mandate, Washington D.C.
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Looking at the real costs of health care

Can the government force uninsured individuals to buy health insurance? It's known as the individual mandate, and today the Supreme Court hears arguments over its constitutionality.
Posted In: health care reform law, individual mandate
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Colleges move out of the dorm business

Students are looking for more luxurious digs and colleges are starting to look to private companies to build them.
Posted In: dorms, college
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For-profit schools try to talk a better game

They're looking into trading their business-y jargon for education speak in hopes of taking the "for-profit" perception out of for-profit colleges and universities.
Posted In: for-profit colleges
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Student loans could be the next economic 'debt bomb'

Total outstanding student loan debt is expected to surpass a trillion dollars in 2012. So what does that mean for education and the economy?
Posted In: student loan, debt
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College grads reach new high

For the first time, more than 30 percent of American's have at least a bachelor's, according to the Census Bureau. But there is a growing racial gap between the haves and have nots.
Posted In: college, college grads, Education

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