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

Dog catcher more popular than IRS commissioner

John Koskinen is expected to be recommended for confirmation as IRS commissioner.
Posted In: IRS, Taxes

One student's path to an elite university

For George Alvarez, the decision to apply to Johns Hopkins was a "happy accident." Most low-income, high-achieving high school students don't apply to any selective colleges.
Posted In: Education, college admissions, college

At food banks, digital donations go farther

While food banks would never turn away that can of about-to-expire lima beans, those donations come with a lot of overhead.
Posted In: food banks, Charity, fundraising, homeless

Charities count on Thanksgiving dollars and volunteers

Donations of time and money during the holiday season can replenish the volunteer corps and the coffers of non-profits all year long.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, food banks, philanthropy

First generation college students go viral

A new campaign on YouTube aims to encourage more students to be the first in their families to go to college.
Posted In: higher education, Michelle Obama, YouTube

Walmart's Obamacare news: The latest corporate excuse?

Walmart has signaled that the ACA requirement that most Americans either carry insurance or pay a penalty could hurt sales.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA, profit reports
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Google Books wins lawsuit: Searching is transformative

Google Books gets the legal go-ahead to continue scanning copyrighted works into its enormous database.
Posted In: Google Scholar, fair use

Stacking the Federal Reserve

What’s a stake in the battle between Washington and Wall Street?
Posted In: Fed governors, Federal Reserve

College ratings from the Oval Office

The Obama administration's tries its hand at a college-ratings plan.
Posted In: colleges, U.S. News, US News & World Report

Grocers do the math on food stamp cuts

As a temporary increase in food stamp benefits expires, families and businesses prepare to get by on less.
Posted In: food stamps, SNAP, grocers

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