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

 Sather Gate, completed in 1910 at UC Berkeley, is a campus landmark.

UC proposes to raise tuition every year for 5 years

Recommended tuition increases could ultimately push the cost of a UC education past $15,000.
Posted In: UC, college tuition, tuition hike, state funding

Meet Generation Z

Marketplace teamed up with Northeastern University to survey the next generation of college students.
Posted In: Education, data, generation z, college

Colleges put career centers on the map

Schools are under pressure to improve what they're doing to prepare grads for jobs
Posted In: higher ed, career advice, college admissions
A student at the University of California, Berkeley eyes an organic salad bar at a university dining commons.

Competition for college kids extends to cafeteria

An amenities arms race, including serving fancier food, helps drive up room and board at colleges.
Posted In: education costs, Tuition, college tuition

The high cost of principal turnover

Half of new principals leave in their third year on the job.
Posted In: teachers, Education, education costs
 A woman works online in her cubicle at an office in Beijing. Email has become a workplace imperative, but managing it is a different story.

Tackling email overload: Lost cause, or noble battle?

Google tries to reinvent email with its new invitation-only Inbox.
Posted In: email, Google, e-mail, productivity
Haskell University Footpath

The American Indian College Fund turns 25

The fund aims to bolster lagging American Indian graduation rates.
Posted In: native americans, college, poverty

Rethinking a corporate inversion

Pharmaceutical company AbbVie says it will reconsider a merger in light of new tax regulations.
Posted In: abbvie, corporate inversion

Google expands delivery service

New front in the battle for online customers: same-day delivery.
Posted In: Google, Amazon

Railroads profit from energy boom

Canadian Pacific Railway reportedly approached CSX about a merger.
Posted In: Canada, crude oil, train


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