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

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.

One app closer to world domination

Google has introduced an online spreadsheet application to compete with Microsoft's Excel. It lacks some of Excel's bells and whistles — but it's free. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Science

NYSE may go from the floor to the chip

The Big Board has announced a deal to buy the European exchange Euronext, and it may be cooking up a plan to steer more business away from the trading floor and into electronic transactions. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street

Americans keep on spending

At least a lot of us do. Most retailers today reported higher-than-expected sales for May. But those numbers might not stand up to a closer look. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Too much foreign investment too fast

Investors have been yanking money out of emerging markets, in large part because they put so much money in. A World Bank report today says last year, developing countries were swamped with a record $491 billion in investment. Amy Scott has the details.
Posted In: Canada

Funding relief in Indonesia

Saturday's 6.3 quake in Indonesia killed at least 5,000 people, with many more injured and some 200,000 homeless. Will there be enough aid? And will it get there in time? Amy Scott reports.

Yahoo and eBay join forces

Yahoo gets to sell advertising on the world's largest auction site. In return, eBay will steer users to the number two search engine. Amy Scott has more on the ongoing quest for Web domination.
Posted In: Science

Beyond forecasting

We always hear about analyst predictions before the release of economic data. But who are these analysts and why do their predictions matter? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Citigroup settles with stockbrokers

The financial services giant settles with stockbrokers over whether they should receive overtime pay. Amy Scott reports the agreement could jeopardize the lucrative commissions paid to many stockbrokers.

An end to commissions on Wall Street?

A major Wall Street brokerage house is expected to announce a settlement this week in a class-action suit that claims stockbrokers should get paid overtime. It's a fight that could transform the whole profession. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street


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