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

A degree in hand, but a slow start up the career ladder

College graduates who started careers recently are having a hard time finding a good job.
Posted In: recession, career

Report: Brookstone headed for bankrupcy

The purveyor of expensive novelty gadgets is on the skids.
Posted In: brookstone, novelty retailer

MOOC 2.0: Open online education moves forward

Online course pioneer hires former Yale University president as CEO.
Posted In: MOOC, Education

A mixed outlook for the housing market

A recovery in new home construction hit bumps amid winter storms.
Posted In: Housing, NAB

For-profit colleges and concerns over 'gainful employment'

A look at the numbers behind the Gainful Employment Rule and its potential impact on the industry.
Posted In: college finances

Common Core tests get a trial run

Millions of students will take tests aligned with the new Common Core education standards.
Posted In: common core

Quiz: How well do you know your SAT vocabulary?

A new test was announced today with big changes to the verbal section.
Posted In: SAT, college board

Which schools will win the college tuition battle?

Some schools set tuition high, while others try a lower approach.
Posted In: college tuition, Tuition, universities, applying to college, student life, students

Why the Comcast-Time Warner deal would mean layoffs

Comcast says a merger with Time Warner Cable will create about $1.5 billion in "operating efficiencies." Translation: layoffs are coming.
Posted In: Comcast, Time Warner Cable

College philanthropy hits new high

Donations to higher ed reached $33.8 billion in 2013.
Posted In: philanthropy, colleges, universities


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