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

Laurene Powell Jobs on reinventing high school

The philanthropist talks about her $50 million Super School project.
Posted In: Laurene Powell Jobs, apple, high school, Education
Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference following a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Hype may be worse than reality when rate hike comes

Some economists say the Federal Reserve meeting may be anticlimactic.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, interest rates, Janet Yellen

A more accurate measure of poverty?

A look behind the Census Bureau's Supplemental Poverty Measure.
Posted In: poverty, child poverty, U.S. Census Bureau

A long road from the Marines to college

For one veteran, a college education represents a second chance.
Posted In: veterans, Vassar College, Posse Foundation

A veteran's college experience

Karlene Williams promised herself she would finish school if she survived the war.
Posted In: Vassar College, veterans, GI Bill

Justice Department changes tack on white-collar crime

New guidelines for prosecutors follow criticism after the financial crisis.
Posted In: white collar crime, financial crisis, Department of Justice
Janine Smith, 26, is part of the third “posse” of veteran students at Vassar College. 

Recruiting veterans to elite colleges

Inside the Posse program at Vassar College.
Posted In: veterans, college, Vassar College
Rockefeller Hall at Vassar College, which houses the college's political science, philosophy and mathematics departments.

Vassar president on the high cost of income inequality

Catharine Bond Hill says top colleges should enroll more low-income students.
Posted In: college, low-income, first-generation college students

PODCAST: Whiskey business

China's economy, Uber for jets, and whiskey distilleries.
Federal Reserve Bank Chair Janet Yellen holding a news conference back in March in Washington, D.C. The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates this month, though many have doubt the move.

Weekly Wrap: August jobs report and interest rates

Leigh Gallagher and John Carney join Amy Scott to recap the week.
Posted In: jobs report, interest rates, Federal Reserve


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