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

Veterans benefits then and now

There's been a social safety net for returning war veterans for generations. But are benefits still as good as they used to be?
Posted In: veterans

Keeping tabs on kids' behavior

ClassDojo, a free app for teachers, aims to help them with classroom management.
Posted In: Education

For former 'jail teacher,' Plan B is Plan A

After losing her job teaching at a high school in the county jail, Donielle Lawson wants to stay in education.
Posted In: Teachers and Plan B, teachers, layoffs

Young voters turn out for Obama

Despite fickle reputation, the Millennial generation may stay party-loyal.
Posted In: 2012 election, millennials, Barack Obama, Republicans

Checking in on the candidates education plans

With the government's latest jobs report due out this morning, talk of jobs and the economy will likely rule the day. But there are a host of other issues at stake in this election, including education.
Posted In: Education, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama

Telecommuting takes center stage

Superstorm Sandy has many companies rethinking flexible scheduling plans.
Posted In: Hurricane Sandy

Creating the next Silicon Valley in Chicago

The Windy City tries to lure tech entrepreneurs to create a new startup ecosystem.
Posted In: Entrepreneur, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Entrepreneurship, startup

Report: Multi-generational living on the rise

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that multi-generational living is on the rise. In 2010, 4.4 percent of U.S. households had three or more generations living under one roof.
Posted In: census, cost of living, immigrants

Microsoft bets its future on tablets

Ahead of its much anticipated Windows 8 release, Microsoft is reporting a 22 percent decline in profit for the third-quarter.
Posted In: Microsoft, windows 8

Report: Student debt up five percent

A report out this morning says college students are leaving school ever deeper in debt. Students graduated last year owing more than $26,000 on average -- up five percent from the year before.
Posted In: student debt, college

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