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

What a 7 percent growth rate could look like

China has set 7 percent as its growth target. What would that look like here?
Posted In: economic growth, China, developing countries, productivity
Facebook and mental health experts are collaborating in efforts to prevent suicides.

Facebook expands suicide prevention efforts

New tools for users with troubling activity and the friends who report them.
Posted In: Facebook, suicide, mental health
Sears Canada

Looking for signs of life at Sears

The ailing parent company of Sears and Kmart reports its fourth quarter earnings.
Posted In: Sears, Retail, retail sales

Adjunct faculty demonstrate for better conditions

National Adjunct Walkout Day represents growing segment of the college workforce.
Posted In: Education, adjunct professor, college, faculty

West Coast ports resume loading and unloading

...but dealing with backlog at West Coast docks could take weeks
Posted In: shipping ports, labor force, strike

Vice President aims to address untested rape kits

Vice President Joe Biden promotes funding to help clear backlog of untested kits.
Posted In: sexual assault, rape kits, sexual predators

Everybody's a television producer

BitTorrent, the file sharing platform, will create original video content.
Posted In: bittorrent, streaming video, Netflx

Adding up the costs of new Common Core tests

The extensive, expensive process of developing tests tied to Common Core standards.
Posted In: common core, testing, PARCC

With Common Core testing, you get what you pay for

A look at economics of testing and new assessments tied to Common Core standards.
Posted In: common core, testing, education funding, education costs

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


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