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.
Features by Amy Scott
The President led the address with an unnamed teacher, touting the highest graduation rate in more than three decades, but delivered few new education initiatives in the address. He called for an "across-the-board reform" of job training programs, to be led by Vice President Joe Biden. He repeated last year’s proposal for universal access to pre-Kindergarten for the country’s four-year-olds, plugging a new "Race to the Top" competition for early education.
"As Congress decides what it’s going to do," he pledged to work with a coalition of elected officials, business leaders and philanthropists to increase access to high-quality pre-K.
The president also announced a partnership with companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sprint, and Verizon to connect more than 15,000 schools to high-speed broadband. There were nods to recent efforts to make college more affordable, like the income-based repayment plan that caps student loan payments at 10 percent of income and better information for parents about college costs.
But overall, no dramatic new proposals.