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

Car sales winners and losers

The auto industry today posted mixed results for September sales. Ford showed a 4.7% rise amid strong demand for its cars. Chrysler and GM? They didn't fare as well. Amy Scott reports.

Making it easier to find pension costs

The agency that sets U.S. accounting rules has issued new requirements for corporations to state pension liabilities on their balance sheets. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Some pork with your spending bill?

Even though Congress passed new rules on earmarks, the $447 billion defense budget expected to pass today is full of anonymous pet spending projects. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Washington

Dow flirts with record high

Investors were firmly focused today on the chance the Dow Industrials would hit a record close. Host Kai Ryssdal talked with Marketplace's Amy Scott about why it matters. . . . If it does.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Fastow sentence reduced

A federal judge went easy on former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow today, reducing his plea bargained prison sentence from 10 years to just six for his role in that company's collapse. It pays to cooperate, Amy Scott reports.

Fastow to be sentenced

Former Enron CFO Andrew Fastow is scheduled to be sentenced today for his role in the Enron collapse. Amy Scott reports.

Future of the Internet

A new report predicts the economic and social reach of the Internet in 2020. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Science

What are you doing after the bell?

Wall Street has a dating site all its own, whether you're a trader or just looking for one. Amy Scott checked it out.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Amaranth loses big

Connecticut-based hedge fund Amaranth Advisors this week reported losses of almost $6 billion over the past month after it placed a multi-billion dollar bet on natural gas and lost. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Fed meets today

The Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates unchanged, but some economists say inflation is still a concern. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy


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