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

Google to mine a new source of data – tweets

Deal with Twitter means tweets will show up in real time via Google search.
Posted In: Google, Twitter

Amazon reports earnings amid frustrated investors

Is it possible the company finished up the year on an upswing?
Posted In: Amazon, Amazon.com, earnings report

A move to simplify the FAFSA

Lawmakers want to knock the 108-question student aid form down to two questions.
Posted In: Education, fafsa, Student aid, financial aid, colleges
Students study at Massasoit Community College.

Can community colleges cope with being free?

Schools could be overwhelmed by the President's plan to make tuition free.
Posted In: community college, Education, State of the Union

Poor children, a new majority in public schools

More than half of U.S. public school students come from low-income families, report says.
Posted In: Education, child poverty, poverty
President Barack Obama signs a presidential memorandum in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C.

The economics of the sick day

40 million U.S. workers don't have sick leave. Obama wants to change that.
Posted In: sick day, Obama, Work, healthcare

College students discover the dorm staycation

Schools are making it easier for students to stay on campus during breaks.
Posted In: dorms, college, holiday
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

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