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

Job Site Reviews

Job sites like and Hot Jobs let you to post your resume for the world to see. But do they actually get you a job? Marketplace's Amy Scott has this performance review of the online job community.
Posted In: Jobs

Mr. Mom Goes Mainstream

Move over soccer moms. The number of full-time dads staying home to take care of children is at a record high, according to Census Bureau data. So on this Father's Day weekend, Marketplace's Amy Scott reports on the growing trend of domestic dads.
Posted In: Jobs

The Good, the Bad, and the Audit

Tax Day is less than a month away. And The Internal Revenue Service says audits are on the rise. We've all heard the horror stories, but is being audited really that bad? Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

Bankruptcy Changes

Credit card companies and banks want to make filing for personal bankruptcy more difficult. This year, they might get their way. Congress is looking at legislation that could make it tougher for individuals to start over. Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.

Made in the USA

Can you really buy 100 percent Made in America products? And should you? Marketplace's Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy

Campaign Promises

You've heard a lot of promises from both candidates about job creation. Each is touting a plan to stimulate growth and reduce the deficit. But how much can a president really influence the economy? Reporter Amy Scott finds out...
Posted In: Economy

It's the Economy, Silly

It's been a weird summer road trip for the economy. Corporate earnings were up, jobs were coming back, and even the beleaguered manufacturing sector was gaining some steam. And then... consumers started spending less. Job creation slacked off. These economic detours have left some people wondering what's going on. Amy Scott went in search for answers.
Posted In: Economy

Desperately seeking Google

The Internet search engine Google is going public and everyone wants in. The way IPOs usually work makes it awfully hard for the average investor to do that. But Google is trying to make it easier for the average Joe and Jane to get a piece of the action. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing

Tax Time

April 15th is mere weeks away! The tax countdown has begun. So, how do you decide whether to hire an accountant or do it alone? Reporter Amy Scott navigates the two routes: hiring an accountant or filing with online software.
Posted In: Economy, Jobs


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