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

Michelle Obama announces new education push

Campaign encourages 14- to 19-year-olds to aim beyond high school.
Posted In: college, Michelle Obama, generation z

How one Chicago high school built a college culture

College access is part of everyone's job at George Washington High School.
Posted In: Chicago Public Schools, college access, low-income students

The surprising power of the ninth grade

Chicago public schools have boosted graduation rates by focusing on freshman year.
Posted In: Chicago Public Schools, graduation

University of Phoenix barred from military recruiting

The Pentagon puts for-profit college chain on probation.
Posted In: University of Phoenix, for-profit colleges, military

Report finds 'staggering' inequities in urban schools

First citywide look at schools paints bleak picture.
Posted In: Education, schools, cities

In the long run, fast food beat out Pepsi

A look at how Yum! Brands has grown since its spinoff from PepsiCo 18 years ago.
Posted In: Pepsi, yum brands

Schools prepare for government shutdown no matter what

This shut down may be avoided, but another one looms in just a few months.
Posted In: government shutdown, Education, head start
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Friday. Both China and the U.S. have outlined steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

China has a cap-and-trade model: the U.S.

The system reduced American utilities' sulphur emissions by 70 percent.
Posted In: cap and trade, carbon emissions, climate change, China
Police escort migrants through the countryside after they cross the border near the village of Zákány in Hungary to continue their trip to Germany.

Germany calling McKinsey to help with refugee crisis

Management consultants reportedly would help speed the processing of migrants.
Posted In: migrants, refugees, Europe, syria, Germany
A shot of Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama. Laurene Powell Jobs is creating a campaign that aims to change the framework of the American high school.

High School is too old school

Does the public institution need a $50 million reinvention?
Posted In: technology, Education, high school, philanthropy, Laurene Powell Jobs


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