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

Breaking in on Wall Street

This summer a new crop of female MBAs and college graduates entered the securities workforce. What makes them want to join a profession with such a bad reputation for workplace equality? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Working the subway

New York subway riders are used to seeing kids walk into their car and make a pitch to sell candy. Riders are so familiar with the sales routine that they can pitch the script right back. Amy Scott reports.

Beating gas prices

Southwest Airlines said today it nearly doubled its earnings in Q3, in large part because of what the low-cost carrier is spending to fill up its planes. But Amy Scott reports that it can't last.

Goodbye rabbit ears

Today the Senate Commerce Committee is expected to take up legislation that would move network TV transmissions from analog to digital. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Washington

Refco unwinds

Just days after its CEO was charged with fraud, futures brokerage Refco said this morning it will be unwinding its clients holdings. That's Wall Street talk for practically going out of business. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Gobbling GM stock

Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian's recent moves to acquire GM stock have many wondering what his strategy for the ailing automaker might be. Amy Scott reports.

Bad news for GM — from Delphi

Over the weekend parts maker Delphi headed into bankruptcy court. Automaker GM, which used to own Delphi, might now be responsible for as much as $11 billion in pension costs. Amy Scott reports.

A new frontier for Google and Sun

Google and Sun Microsystems are teaming up to take on Microsoft, and this might just be a doozy. Sun and Google announced a big distribution deal today; Amy Scott has the story.

Gas hog backlash

SUV sales were off roughly 30% in September for Ford and GM. Are the gas-guzzlers that fueled auto industry's sales in the late '90s and early 2000s likely to tank further? Amy Scott reports.

Keeping businesses going on the Gulf?

Employers with operations along the Gulf Coast are also pitching in and helping with disaster relief. Many have set up hotlines and emergency shelters for displaced workers and their families. Amy Scott reports.


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