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

Wall Street policing Wall Street

Critics and supporters of efforts to facilitate Wall Street's practice of regulating itself are expected to turn out at a Senate Banking Committee hearing today. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

AT&T reaches out and touches BellSouth

AT&T has agreed to buy BellSouth for $67 billion in stock. The deal reunites much of the old Ma Bell monopoly that was split up by regulators in the 1980s. Will the new telecom giant mean higher rates for consumers? Amy Scott finds out.

New ten spot

Also, the Treasury department unveils the new ten dollar bill today. It's the latest colorful effort against counterfeiting... but it's not great news for the vending machine industry, which has to spend millions every time a new bill comes out. Amy Scott takes a look at the new Hamiltons.
Posted In: Economy

Alexander Hamilton's extreme makeover

For the second time in less than a decade, the ten-spot is getting a makeover. On the day the new bill makes its debut, Amy Scott tells us why the Mint wanted another overhaul so soon.
Posted In: Economy

Treasury backup

Today, the bond industry is set to announce the creation of a new bank, and it's actually called NewBank. It will serve as a backup for key parts of the financial system in case of an emergency. Amy Scott explains.
Posted In: Economy

Protesting AOL's e-mail fees

AOL is about to get a bit of mail of its own. A group of about fifty organizations is launching a campaign today to fight AOL's plan to charge a fee for bulk e-mail. Amy Scott reports.

Housing market cools

New home sales fell by 5% in January, according to Commerce Department figures released today, providing further evidence that the national housing market is cooling. Amy Scott takes a look.
Posted In: Economy

Fannie Mae cleans up

After regulators accused mortgage finance giant Fannie Mae of manipulating earnings to meet Wall Street expectations, the company commissioned a review of itself. The report says Fannie Mae has cleaned house, and that no one responsible for the fraud remains with the company. Amy Scott has more.

Indecent exposures

Remember that ill-fated "wardrobe malfunction" a few Super Bowls ago? If it seemed like all the indecency hoopla had calmed down since then... it may be back. The Federal Communications Commission may be about to issue dozens of indecency rulings. Amy Scott reports on what that means for the big networks.

Alaska's new pipeline

The state of Alaska reached a deal yesterday to build a long-sought natural gas pipeline. After a year of negotiations, Exxon Mobil, BP, and Conoco Phillips agreed to pay a 20% tax on their revenues in Alaska if the deal goes forward. Amy Scott reports.

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