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

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

Backlash builds against online classes

Faculty at Duke and Amherst reject online partnerships -- for now.
Posted In: online education, Duke, Amherst

Social media and the stock markets after that one AP tweet

One tweet sent the stock market downward, but just for a minute. Now the Commodity Futures Trading Commissions is looking at how social media and the markets should interact.
Posted In: Twitter, social media, stock market

Culinary Institute of America students turn up the heat, walk out because of falling standards

Students at Culinary Institute of America, one of the nation's top cooking schools, say their degrees are being devalued by slipping standards.
Posted In: Culinary institute of america, protests, cooking

States push to tie university funding to better performance

California Governor Jerry Brown is looking to join other states in basing funding increases at public universities on measures like higher graduation rates.
Posted In: higher education, california, Jerry Brown

What DeVry's earnings say about the for-profit college business

As for-profit colleges learn to survive with fewer students, the rise of free online courses raises new questions.
Posted In: Education, DeVry, online education

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