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

Home sweet risky home

A new study looks at home values in areas prone to natural disasters.
Posted In: wildfires, natural disasters, homeowners
Vassar College's Transitions program is aimed at serving low-income, first-generation and veteran students.

Helping low-income college students feel at home

After criticism, Vassar College tries to become a more inclusive campus.
Posted In: Vassar College, low-income, first-generation college students, veterans
Facebook is launching a new feature on its messenger app called "M."

Digital assistants: If they only had a brain

Facebook takes on Siri and Cortana with M, a PDA with a human touch.
Posted In: personal assistant, Facebook, virtual assistant
Samsung enters the smart pay world.

How big is too big for a mobile phone?

On Thursday, Samsung is expected to unveil new models of its Galaxy smartphones.
Posted In: samsung, smartphones, Galaxy
 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting at Exeter High School on Monday in Exeter, New Hampshirem, where she discussed college affordability and student debt relief.

Politicians make a push for debt-free college

The plans target young voters with student loans and propose eliminating tuition.
Posted In: college, debt, affordability
Debra Furr-Holden, an epidemiologist with the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, says there are too many liquor stores in Baltimore’s poor neighborhoods.

After riots, Baltimore liquor stores struggle to reopen

The city is withholding emergency loans unless some stores change or relocate.
Posted In: Baltimore, riots, liquor stores

A kinder, gentler Gawker?

After a rocky few weeks, the blog tries a reboot.
Posted In: gawker, websites, controversy

PODCAST: The battle for branding

The vote on No Child Left Behind, and the battle for college sponsorship.

Senate votes to revise No Child Left Behind

Negotiators must now reconcile the bill with the version passed in the House.
Posted In: No Child Left Behind, standardized tests, testing

PODCAST: Lawyers wanted

Re-opening banks in Greece, Google earnings, and lawyers in rural areas.


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