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

Pay attention! T-note yield is near 2-year high

Talk about the yield on the 10-year Treasury note may go in one ear and out the other, but it's important, especially if you own a home. The yield tells us about long-term interest rates. And it's around a two-year high. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Studios unveil new movie download service

The cowboy romance "Brokeback Mountain" will break another Hollywood taboo tomorrow when movie studios make it available for download to your computer — the same day it's available on DVD. But the service may be slow to catch on. Amy Scott reports.

Now showing on your PC

Hollywood has been afraid to offer movie downloads. It's been worried about piracy. But today, the studios announced a new service for selling feature films online. Amy Scott reports.

A dispute over what's green

Activist investors are putting pressure on investment bank Goldman Sachs over its environmental policies. But, they're not trying to makethe bank more green-friendly. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing

Abramoff to learn his fate

Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff will learn his fate in the first of two criminal cases against him in Miami today. He could get up to seven years in prison for charges related to the purchase of a casino cruise line. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Washington

Political groups focus of lobbying bill

One of the proposed reforms in a lobbying bill beging debated in Congress includes restrictions on so-called 527 groups -- the unregulated political groups that played an important role in the 2004 elections. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Washington

The Fed is in session

The Federal Open Market Committee holds its first meeting today under new leader Ben Bernanke. The Fed Chairman might be new, but analysts expect more of the same when it comes to interest rates. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing, Wall Street

Deduct Your Life

Movies, magazines, and mileage. You've got a list of write-offs. But are they a red flag for the IRS? Marketplace's Amy Scott finds out.
Posted In: Taxes

NYMEX going public

The New York Mercantile Exchange, or NYMEX, will soon be publicly traded. Amy Scott reports on how NYMEX's ways of doing business could be changing.

Highest bidder for Knight-Ridder

At least a couple of groups might be ready to pay big money for newspaper chain Knight Ridder. Amy Scott reports.


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