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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.

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Features by Amy Scott

How online credits could change higher ed's business model

Legislation introduced in the California Senate today could require the state’s public colleges and universities to award credit for faculty-approved online courses taken by students unable to register for oversubscribed classes on campus. This could be a boon for businesses offering the classes and ultimately change the business model of higher education.
Posted In: online education, moocs, college, Education

Is NYU's President acting too much like a corporate CEO?

This week, a faculty vote of confidence in NYU's President highlights the conflict over the increasingly corporate role of the university president.
Posted In: NYU, higher education, university

Want a job? Get an internship first

A survey commissioned by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education reveals that what really stands out for employers in the resumes of recent college graduates is internship experience. But are colleges doing a good job preparing grads for work?
Posted In: internships, employment, higher education

GED test supremacy threatened

The best-known high school equivalency test, the GED, is getting its biggest makeover in decades. It’s also facing increased competition.
Posted In: GED, test, Education, high school

Internships become the new job requirement

In a survey commissioned by Marketplace and The Chronicle of Higher Education, employers said they value internships more than many other credentials when it comes to hiring.
Posted In: internship, employment, higher education

What do employers really want from college grads?

Marketplace teamed up with The Chronicle of Higher Education to ask employers what they look for in job candidates
Posted In: employees, job seekers

Stanford wins the fundraising race, setting a record

Stanford University becomes the first school to break the billion dollar barrier for fundraising in a single year.
Posted In: stanford, higher education, endowments, fundraising

The trouble with refinancing a student loan

So why can't students cash in on these crazy low interest rates, anyway?
Posted In: student loans, refinancing, student debt

Refinancing my mortgage is easy: How about my student loans?

Campus Progress wants students to be able to take advantage of low interest rates available for mortgages and car loans.
Posted In: student loans, refinancing, Education, higher education

The State of the Union for education

What are President Obama's plans for universal pre-school access, high-school funding, and higher education?
Posted In: Education, higher education, Obama, State of the Union

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