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

What do employers really want from college grads?

Marketplace teamed up with The Chronicle of Higher Education to ask employers what they look for in job candidates
Posted In: employees, job seekers

Stanford wins the fundraising race, setting a record

Stanford University becomes the first school to break the billion dollar barrier for fundraising in a single year.
Posted In: stanford, higher education, endowments, fundraising

The trouble with refinancing a student loan

So why can't students cash in on these crazy low interest rates, anyway?
Posted In: student loans, refinancing, student debt

Refinancing my mortgage is easy: How about my student loans?

Campus Progress wants students to be able to take advantage of low interest rates available for mortgages and car loans.
Posted In: student loans, refinancing, Education, higher education

The State of the Union for education

What are President Obama's plans for universal pre-school access, high-school funding, and higher education?
Posted In: Education, higher education, Obama, State of the Union

Making preschool possible for everyone

Advocates for more federal funding 0f preschools are hoping for a shout out during the State of the Union.
Posted In: Education, preschool, State of the Union

Universities crack down on delinquent student borrowers

Yale and other universities are suing graduates who did not pay back Perkins low-income student loans because the funds for new loans come from former students paying back their debts.
Posted In: Education, higher education, student loans

College rules the day at Oyler School

Putting students on the path to higher education starts early at Oyler.
Posted In: Oyler School, college

Discount shoppers rejoice! Penney's in sales surrender

A year ago, retailer J.C. Penney announced a new strategy to cut so-called "everyday" prices by about 40 percent, while reducing the number of sales a month. The company has had to walk back those plans as shoppers remained addicted to sales.
Posted In: JC Penney, Retail, shopping, sales

Obama to nominate Mary Jo White as next SEC chair

The former U.S. Attorney brings her background in white collar law and mob prosecutions to the role of Wall Street's top cop.
Posted In: Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White

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