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

When good brands go bad

Daimler-Chrysler has already been fingered in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal. Now a German magazine reveals that company officials paid kickbacks to sell cars at inflated prices in Nigeria. How might these scandals affect the company's sales and impact its image? Amy Scott reports.

A golden spike

The price of gold hit a 25-year high, and platinum hit its highest price ever, on Monday. Amy Scott tells us why.
Posted In: Economy

Medicare Maze

This week, the Medicare drug benefit became law. Some folks report dizzy spells from navigating the prescription maze. Marketplace's Amy Scott maps out where to get help.
Posted In: Retirement

The Job Files: Pharmacist

In this installment of the Job Files, we check in with pharmacist Steve Kaufman.
Posted In: Health

Viacom's unmerger

As of tomorrow, media giant Viacom will trade as two separate companies -- Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation. Amy Scott tells us what to expect from the two new companies.

Black Monday?

You've heard of Black Friday in the retail world. Today may go down as Black Monday. The day after Christmas is always a big shopping day. But retailers are expecting bigger crowds than usual this year. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

The Job Files: Salvation Army bell ringer

This installment of the Job Files looks at Salvation Army bell ringer Pam Wright.

What's the real cost?

The strike is over. The subways and buses are running. And New York City has returned to something like normal this morning. Economists are whipping out their calculators to come up with a price tag. But as Amy Scott reports, it won't be easy.
Posted In: New York

Striking out?

Three days into a city-wide transit strike in New York, contract negotiations resumed and workers agreed to go back on the job. But how much have they really gained? Amy Scott reports.

Shops gain, and lose, from transit strike

It's Day Two of the New York City transit strike, with no clear end in sight. The City is predicting huge losses for local businesses. But as Amy Scott reports, that depends on what business you're in.


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