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

New regs for truckers at US, Mexico border

New rules go into effect today tightening restrictions on Canadian and Mexican truckers coming into the US. Amy Scott reports that many shipping businesses are scrambling to comply.
Posted In: Canada

Flights could get a little roomier

Planes have been more crowded lately, and fares have been higher. But there's news today that after five years of slashing capacity, airlines are starting to add seats again. Amy Scott reports.

Interest rate watch

The Federal Reserve's rate-setting board meets today and many analysts expect the committee will break its streak of 17-straight rate hikes. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Conducting business on backup

The Northeast heat wave is staying put. One of the busiest stretches of New York City has been told to stop using nonessential electricity and Wall Street banks have gone to backup generators. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: New York

High demand doesn't equal high profits

As searing heat continues over the eastern half of the country today, Amy Scott looks at the question of whether utilities are making a windfall off all the extra energy use.

Post-9/11 group: It's up to you, New York

The agency charged with rebuilding Lower Manhattan after 9/11 says it's closing up shop. So what happens to the World Trade Center site and other projects? Host Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketplace's Amy Scott.
Posted In: New York

AOL to drop subscription fees

In what could be a preemptive strike to counter poor earnings out today, Time Warner plans to announce yet another turnaround plan for its troubled AOL unit. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Science

Rebuilding in Iraq hampered by waste, corruption

A government watchdog says widespread corruption and a lack of coordination is hampering reconstruction in Iraq. A Special Inspector General is set to testify today before a Senate committee. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada, Washington

UK, CA join forces to fight global warming

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will bypass the Bush administration and jointly develop a trans-Atlantic carbon trading market. Amy Scott has the story.
Posted In: Canada

MySpace for baby boomers

A new site called helps seniors make contact with other seniors. Will the technology catch on with the boomers? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Science


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