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

Alaskan gas 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.

Port insecurity

Controversy is heating up over an Arab company's plan to take over some US port operations, under a deal approved last week by the Bush Administration. Critics, including Republicans, say the deal could compromise national security. Amy Scott reports.

Governors challenge port sale

Some high-ranking Republicans are fighting a deal that would transfer some US port operations to a company owned by the government of the United Arab Emirates. But this isn't a left v. right fight. It was the Bush Administration that originally approved the deal last week. Now the governors of New York and Maryland are threatening legal action. Amy Scott tells us what they're trying to do.

Harrah's company benefits

Casino operator Harrah's plans to throw a benefit concert today to help employees left jobless by Hurricane Katrina. Amy Scott reports that the effort is rare in corporate philanthropy.

Little pump relief in sight

Although the price of crude oil has fallen from a record $71 a barrel to below $60, Amy Scott reports that we shouldn't expect to see much relief at the pump.

Bernanke speaks

New Fed Chief Ben Bernanke today delivered his first report to the House Financial Services committee. Bernanke said the economic expansion is on track, and hinted the Fed may raise interest rates again. More interesting to many analysts, though, was HOW he said it. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Medicaid to Medicare

Today the federal government stops reimbursing states that picked up the tab during the Medicare prescription drug debacle earlier this year. Amy Scott repots on whether states have succeeded in moving eligible seniors off Medicaid rolls and into the new program.
Posted In: Health

The trade deficit just keeps unfolding like a flower...

The US trade deficit soared to an all-time high of $725.8 billion in 2005, hitting record levels with pretty much every country the US trades with. But as Amy Scott reports, there are some surprises in the numbers.
Posted In: Economy

March of the (high-tech) toys

As children become more sophisticated, the obsolescence cycle of toys becomes faster and faster. Amy Scott looks at how toy manufacturers are responding as they gather in New York this weekend to unveil their new products.

Last gasp for open outcry trading?

After years of shunning electronic trading in favor of boisterous trading pits, the New York Mercantile Exchange has decided to fire up the computers like other futures markets. Is this the end of an era? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street


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