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

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

Thawing identity theft protection

Congress is considering a bill that would roll back consumers' ability to freeze their own credit — a move critics say would make it harder for consumers to protect themselves from identity thieves. Amy Scott explains.
Posted In: Washington

Wall Street's beleaguered brokerages

Goldman Sachs today reported gangbuster earnings for last quarter, only to see its share price fall three percent. Yesterday something similar happened to Lehman Brothers. Amy Scott has the story.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Markets brace for PPI report

Financial markets around the world today await the first of two reports on inflationary trends due out this week. An increase in the Producer Price Index could trigger a global stock sell-off. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy, Wall Street

NYMEX changes course

Traders who buy and sell oil do so on several exchanges, including the New York Mercantile Exchange. It's going electronic today in a bid to compete against rival exchange ICE. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Discrimination talks at an impasse

After months of negotiating, talks have broken down between Merrill Lynch and dozens of its African American financial advisers who sued for "systemic discrimination and retaliation." Amy Scott reports.


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