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


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.

Looking inside hedge funds

A major hedge fund is being investigated by the SEC for insider trading, while an SEC rule governing the funds has been thrown out by the courts. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

GM, Delphi buyout deadline

Today is the deadline for workers at GM and Delphi to decide whether to accept buyout packages to help cut costs at the struggling companies. Amy Scott reports.

US beef allowed back in Japan

Japan agreed to resume imports of US beef after months of blocking shipments due to Mad Cow concerns. But the ban's been lifted before, which might explain why American beef producers aren't celebrating just yet. Amy Scott reports.

Nokia, Siemens team up

Two of the world's biggest telecom equipment makers — Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany — are merging some of their networking operations. And it could mean lots of layoffs. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada

Registered traveler program debuts

The government's two-tiered airport security program officially launches Tuesday, but frequent fliers aren't lining up for the shorter lines. Amy Scott reports.

Whaling ban in danger

The International Whaling Commission meets today, and as Amy Scott reports, changes on the panel could roll back the clock on whaling restrictions.
Posted In: Canada


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