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

Levi's stretches for new sales

The world's biggest jeans maker tries to lure more women to its brand.
Posted In: jeans, levis, women, gender, marketing

Congress rewrites No Child Left Behind

Annual testing may be here to stay, but states are expected to have more leeway.
Posted In: testing, civil rights, minority children, students

U.S. Army recruits young innovators

Armament research lab wants to help kids patent and sell their ideas.
Posted In: science fair, military, innovation, Army

Career colleges face new 'gainful employment' rule

For-profit institutions must prove graduates earn enough to afford loan payments.
Posted In: employment, students, Education, for-profit colleges

University of Phoenix to shrink enrollment

The for-profit college will cut degree programs and introduce new admissions requirements, as new regulations take effect.
Posted In: college, gainful employment, for-profit colleges

Federal plan to rate colleges fizzles

The Obama Administration has scaled back its proposal to hold colleges accountable for cost and value.
Posted In: college, ratings, Education

To measure poverty, states look beyond free lunch

As more schools opt to feed all students, officials find other ways to rate need.
Posted In: low-income, students, school lunch

U.S. colleges to recruit in Cuba

Testing service will be offering admissions exams in the island nation.
Posted In: cuba, U.S., standardized tests

Fixing the TSA will take time, expert says

As lawmakers examine how it vets workers, critics call for a culture shift.
Posted In: TSA, Homeland Security, leadership


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