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 marketplace.org, 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.

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Features by Amy Scott

Mess transit

New York is bracing for a possible transit strike, and millions of subway commuters may have to find another way to work. Amy Scott reports on preparations businesses are making.

Mind the gap

The Commerce Department said today that the trade gap rose by almost 4.5% to almost $69 billion in October. But there are a few surprises in the data. Amy Scott reports.

Shakeup at Wendy's

Another billionaire investor is trying to shake things up at a major American company. Nelson Peltz wants Wendy's to spin off its Tim Horton's coffee shops and other brands like Baja Fresh. Peltz isn't exactly a corporate raider in the tradition of Carl Icahn or Kirk Kerkorian. But those three...and others like them...have CEOs everywhere looking over their shoulders. Marketplace's Amy Scott has that story.

The Fed's new reserve?

Tomorrow, most analysts expect the Fed to raise interest rates again, for the 13th time in a row. But as Amy Scott reports, that predictability is about to end.

Fed to cloud crystal ball

The Federal Reserve Board meets this week, but this time don't expect to hear any predictions about the health of the economy. Amy Scott has more.
Posted In: Economy

USA PATRIOT compromise

House and Senate leaders have worked out a compromise to reauthorize provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Amy Scott looks at the business reaction.

Hedging your bets

Until recently, investors in hedge funds were thought to be sophisticated people who could afford the risk. So the funds have escaped a lot of oversight. But all that's about to change, as Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Liberty bonds

Congress is considering modeling Gulf Coast reconstruction partly on Lower Manhattan's post-9/11 redevelopment efforts. Amy Scott looks at how successful the Liberty Bond program has been in redeveloping New York's downtown.

Or you could just buy the entire Paris hotel

According to New York magazine, the partners at investment bank Goldman Sachs will be getting pretty decent Christmas bonuses. They're enormous, actually. Amy Scott went to find out how such a payday is even possible.
Posted In: Wall Street

Good start, slow finish?

The National Retail Federation says consumers spent 22% more during the Thanksgiving weekend than they did last year. So why are some analysts forecasting only a so-so holiday season? Amy Scott reports.

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