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

Budget stalemate closing down Jersey

New Jersey was mostly closed today. By Wednesday, state parks, beaches — and even Atlantic City's casinos — could also be closed. Amy Scott reports on the shutdown and the budget battle that prompted it.

Budget standoff in New Jersey

All but essential state services are closed in New Jersey today. That could leave thousands of government workers without paychecks. It also spells trouble for the state's casino industry. Amy Scott explains.

National savings rate is down

An important indicator of American wealth shows personal incomes are up. But, savings are down. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports on what that means.
Posted In: Economy

Big pharma's unorthodox strategy

As more pharmaceutical companies lose patents on blockbuster drugs, they're undercutting the price of their own products to stay competitive. Amy Scott explains.
Posted In: Health

Tenet's $700 million settlement

Hospital chain Tenet was accused of scamming the Medicare system and consequently the nation's older folks. Today, the company agreed to pay more than $700 million to settle the allegations. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Health

USPS joins forces with rival UPS

UPS announced today it has won a contract to fly priority and first-class US mail on its airplanes, a deal that could spell trouble for FedEx — and passenger airlines. Amy Scott reports.


Today, the US Postal Service and competitor UPS are set to announce a deal to work together. UPS will start carrying US mail on its planes as soon as this weekend. Amy Scott reports.

Fed gets transparent on inflation

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates another quarter-point on Thursday. Fed officials have made it pretty darn clear they intend to stay tough on inflation. Maybe even a little too clear? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

'Buy' and 'Sell' make a comeback

After the dot-com bubble burst, stock analysts shied away from definitive stock ratings like "buy" and "sell." But as Amy Scott reports, one high-profile investment bank has had enough of the ambiguous euphemisms that replaced them.
Posted In: Wall Street

Handing over a fortune

Investor Warren Buffett is donating more than $30 billion to help the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation help humankind. Amy Scott looks at what the gift might mean for the future of philanthropy.


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