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

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.

Benzene leak in China

A large toxic slick from a chemical plant explosion in China is nearing the city of Harbin. Residents and scientists are scrambling to make their city safe and figure out what happens next. Amy Scott reports.

Rockin' in the free-trade world

Before world leaders gather in Hong Kong for a new round of trade talks, US officials are turning to Irish rocker Bono. A massive global trade pact, meant to boost developing economies, hangs in the balance. Amy Scott reports.

Sometimes low prices. Sometimes.

A new report out shows Wal-Mart often fails to charge an item's listed price at the checkout counter. Amy Scott reports.

It's a dangerous world we live in...

Here we go again. A New York woman is suing Dunkin' Donuts, saying she suffered second- and third-degree burns when her coffee tray fell over. And she's asking for $15 million. Amy Scott reports.

Why business doesn't like the Patriot Act

It looks like Congress may make most aspects of the Patriot Act permanent, despite efforts by diverse opponents. As Amy Scott reports, the fight has pitted business leaders against their usual allies in the administration.

Businesses look to rein in USAPATRIOT Act

The House is expected to vote today on changes to the USAPATRIOT act that would restrict the ability of federal officials to seize business records in terrorism investigations. Amy Scott reports.


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