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

Hedge fund dropouts

You've probably heard about hedge funds. They're basically fancy mutual funds for rich people and institutions. Not long ago, anybody with a Bloomberg terminal and a couple wealthy friends could start one. Many left traditional jobs on Wall Street for the promise of spectacular profits. But some say the glory days may be drawing to an end. And many who struck out on their own are now returning to the fold. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

So long, Alan

Amy Scott looks at how Alan Greenspan changed the role of Fed chief during his 18-year tenure.
Posted In: Economy

Steel merger

Mittal Steel, the world's biggest steelmaker, made a $23 billion hostile bid for rival Arcelor today. Arcelor is the world's second biggest steelmaker, and a combination of the two companies would be more than three times as big as nearest rival Nippon Steel. Amy Scott has more.

Incentive or token fine?

The Federal Trade Commission has fined ChoicePoint Inc. $15 million for putting the identities of 145,000 consumers at risk of theft. Is $15 million really enough to incentivize companies to take extra steps to protect personal information? Amy Scott takes a look.

Please move

In New York City, landlords and developers will to pay big money to convince you to vacate your rent-controlled apartment. It's worth it because it allows them to raise the rent, or build luxury condos. But as Amy Scott reports, the city may be paying a price.

China meets the Big Apple

One of China's first private companies, Beijing Vantone Real Estate, has signed a deal to lease the top five floors of the first new building at Ground Zero since 9/11. Finding tenants for 7 World Trade Center had been difficult, but as Amy Scott reports, the company hopes the location will be a magnet for Chinese businesspeople.

Brokerage partying

"Dwarf tossing" competitions and racy bachelor parties -- sounds like fraternity entertainment at David Lynch U. But Amy Scott reports, it's happening at Wall Street brokerages, and regulators want it to stop.
Posted In: Wall Street

The reliability of computerized exchanges

While the NASDAQ and the Japanese stock market attempt to sort out the computer glitches that have disrupted trading recently, some market watchers are starting to question the headlong rush to computerized trading. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

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


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