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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Rooting for higher unemployment

The unemployment rate edged up last month as expected, but some would like to see it go even higher. Amy Scott explains.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs
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$11 billion hole in Fannie Mae's accounting

Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae has issued a long-awaited earnings restatement today, its first since an accounting scandal surfaced two years ago. Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Fannie Mae to restate earnings

Mortgage finance company Fannie Mae will report results today for the first time since an accounting scandal erupted two years ago. Amy Scott gives us a preview.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Hedging on human behavior

More and more hedge fund firms are using psychological theories to pick what they invest in. Amy Scott explains how "behavioral finance" works.
Posted In: Investing
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Wall Street simplifies

There are two kinds of regulators on Wall Street: government and private sector. Today the two main private regulators announced plans to merge, but not everyone's cheering the move. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Housing stocks on the rise

Existing home sales are expected to fall again, but Wall Street is betting the worst of the housing slump is behind us. Is the celebration premature? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Housing, Wall Street
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Was Grasso worth it?

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has hired a business professor to help him prove that former NYSE Chairman Richard Grasso didn't deserve his $187 million pay package. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: New York, Wall Street
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We're paying more for holiday travel

The plane tickets, the hotel, gasoline — getting to Grandma's house is more expensive than ever this year. Amy Scott breaks it down.
Posted In: Travel
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New corporate landscape

Private equity firm Blackstone will pay nearly $20 billion for the country's largest corporate real estate owner. It'd be the biggest leveraged buyout in history, and the latest in a growing trend. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Toyota starts up in Texas

The Japanese auto giant opens a new plant in San Antonio today to begin making its revamped Tundra. It's looking to cut into the one market its U.S. rivals still dominate: full-size pickup trucks. Amy Scott reports.

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