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

What's wrong with a bit of innocent smut?

Commentator Patti Waldmeir recently went through sexual harassment training at her office. She says it only stirred up negative feelings.

Hostile takeover turns downright nasty

Mittal is the world's biggest steelmaker and it's been trying to take over No. 2 Arcelor for months. Today Mittal took its $24 billion offer straight to the shareholders. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada

New York City's got a gun problem

The Big Apple is suing 15 gun dealers in five states, from Georgia to Pennsylvania. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says guns from those states were used in more than 500 NYC crimes in less than a decade. Amy Scott reports.

Wholesale price report

The Labor Department this morning reported the biggest jump in wholesale prices since September. So does that mean higher prices coming to a retailer near you? As Amy Scott reports, it's not that simple.
Posted In: Economy

Demand for oil is weakening

The International Energy Agency says high energy prices are eating into demand for oil. Of coure, there's a catch or two. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada

Job Files: Exotic pet hospital

This installment of The Job Files visits an unusual animal hospital in New York City.

Metals market is red hot

Planning on getting new plumbing or rewiring your house? It may be time to think again. Copper prices hit an all-time high of $8,000 a ton today. Amy Scott finds out what record copper prices may mean for the world economy.
Posted In: Canada, Economy, Wall Street

Sarbanes-Oxley powwow

Business leaders and economists gather in Washington today to weigh in on proposals to loosen strict new accounting standards for most US businesses. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Washington

Toyota exec steps down

The CEO of Toyota North America is leaving his job right away. He's 65 and was planning to step down in June, but last week a former assistant filed a $190 million sexual harrassment suit against him. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Canada

Wachovia heads west, stock heads south

Wachovia made a $25 billion offer for California's Golden West Financial today. But the deal gets the banking giant deeper into the mortgage business and investors are questioning the timing as the housing boom slows. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street


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