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

Milking the conference cash cow

Conferences are notoriously expensive to put on, but several media organizations use them to make serious money. Tina Brown is just the latest media brand to make the leap.
Posted In: Tina Brown, conferences

The pros and cons of having a booster back your team

Boosters can be a big financial support to a college, funneling billions of dollars into athletics programs. But teams risk running afoul of NCAA rules.
Posted In: college sports, football

Measuring the employment rates of for-profit grads

Negotiators are back at the table, after a federal judge vacated new regulations for career training programs last summer.
Posted In: for profit colleges, Education, gainful employment

Your college major counts more than your school: Study

More evidence that paying a lot for a prestigious college doesn't always make sense -- at least, not financially.

According to a new paper, and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education, the choice of a college graduate's major is a better measure of early-career wages than which school they attended.

Graduates of big-name, flagship campuses often did not earn more than those who had attended lesser-known, regional ones. In Texas, Colorado and Virginia graduates of two-year degree programs in some technical and science fields earned more, on average, than graduates with four-year degrees. In general, graduates of technology, engineering and mathematics programs earned a bigger paycheck.

The research paper, from the college affordability partnership College Measures, puts together previous reports on the average first-year earnings of graduates, sorted by major, institution and type of degree.

Previously, Marketplace and the Chronicle of Higher Education commissioned a study that looked at what employers and hiring managers really want from college grads, and found in some cases, an internship and job experience were more important than college major.

Graduates take the stage at Oyler School

As our year-long series on Oyler School concludes, the neighborhood of Lower Price Hill gathers to celebrate the class of 2013.
Posted In: Oyler School

The effect of colleges divesting from fossil fuels

Fossil fuels, the new apartheid? University students want their schools to divest. One college calculates the cost.
Posted In: fossil fuels, university endowments

ArcelorMittal announces quarterly loss of $345 million

European steel giant ArcelorMittal announces its quarterly results today at a time when the global steel industry faces substantial challenges.
Posted In: steel, Europe

Manchester United loses a leader, but hopes to maintain a brand

Manchester United is a top British soccer team and one of world's most successful sporting franchises. Will the departure of its legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson harm its global brand?
Posted In: soccer, Manchester United

There's a huge market in online education for veterans

U.S. News & World Report has released its first-ever rankings of the 'Best Online Education Programs for Veterans'. A look at the market and the sometimes predatory companies taking advantage of vets.
Posted In: veterans, higher education, Education

At Oyler School, prom is more than a party

When a high-poverty school in Cincinnati added a high school seven years ago, prom was essential.
Posted In: Oyler School, prom

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