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

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

What happened to the windfall tax?

With big oil companies reporting massive earnings, Amy Scott takes a look at what happened to proposals for a windfall profits tax.
Posted In: Washington

GM turns a corner?

General Motors said today it lost $3.2 billion in the 2nd quarter, but the real story is that its sales surged 12%. Amy Scott looks at how one earnings report can change a company's entire outlook.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tough decision, loss of power

It's been nine days since the lights went out in Queens, N.Y. Thousands of homes and businesses still lack power because, during the blackout's early stages, officials made a fateful choice. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: New York

Dell's profits crash

The Texas computer maker said today that its profits may fall as much as 30% due to slowing computer sales. Is the PC market poised for a swan dive? Amy Scott takes a look.
Posted In: Investing

The 'Way Forward' looks a ways off

Ford Motor Company announced today it lost more than $120 million last quarter. Amy Scott reports on the continuing problems at the nation's second-largest automaker.

Heating up the power grid

It's hot out there. The first six months of 2006 have been the hottest on record in the US. So why haven't we seen any rolling blackouts, brownouts or other effects of energy drains? Amy Scott reports.

Paulson comes aboard

Henry Paulson takes over as Treasury Secretary today. Amy Scott takes a look at his long to-do list.
Posted In: Washington

GM mulls alliance plan

Directors for the world's largest automaker today are scheduled to discuss joining forces with Nissan and Renault. But GM executives are none too keen on the idea. Amy Scott reports.


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