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

Students at a Pittsburgh preschool.

A D+ for early education

Less than half of preschool-age kids attend, says Education Week's annual report on education
Posted In: preschool, Education, kindergarten

Schools go to court for more funding

Kansas is one of more than a dozen states facing school finance litigation.
Posted In: education funding, public schools, Kansas
Kevin Chandler, a fellow with Urban Teacher Center, teaches second grade at Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore.

Training urban teachers who stay

To prevent high teacher turnover, an urban training program takes a page from medical profession.
Posted In: teachers, teacher training, schools
 A clerk rings up a sale at a Target  in Chicago. One worker Marketplace spoke with said the wage increase would help him buy groceries.

Ringing in the new year with a pay raise

More than 20 states raise their minimum wages, so millions of workers get a bump in pay this year.
Posted In: minimum wage, families, cutting hours

Concept for federal college-ratings system is unveiled

Creating a sort of Consumer Reports for higher education is a "supremely challenging task."
Posted In: college, college rating system, higher education

Lower gas prices, but spending stuck in neutral

Many people don't believe the low prices will last.
Posted In: gas prices
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Summit on College Opportunity at the Ronald Reagan Building December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Colleges pledge to graduate more low-income students

Hundreds of college presidents and other education leaders share ideas at the second White House College Opportunity Day of Action.
Posted In: college, Education, low income

Black Friday is so last week

With the big holiday shopping days out of the way, here comes Giving Tuesday.
Posted In: Giving Tuesday, charitable contributions
President Barack Obama speaks Nov. 21  at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, Nev., about changes he is making regarding U.S. immigration policy. His reforms are expected to have a positive impact on education.

Immigration policy could change the education equation

The new policy could reduce stress and increase parent involvement in schools.
Posted In: Immigration, Education, Jobs
 Sather Gate, completed in 1910 at UC Berkeley, is a campus landmark.

UC proposes to raise tuition every year for 5 years

Recommended tuition increases could ultimately push the cost of a UC education past $15,000.
Posted In: UC, college tuition, tuition hike, state funding

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