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

Bernanke speaks

New Fed Chief Ben Bernanke today delivered his first report to the House Financial Services committee. Bernanke said the economic expansion is on track, and hinted the Fed may raise interest rates again. More interesting to many analysts, though, was HOW he said it. Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Medicaid to Medicare

Today the federal government stops reimbursing states that picked up the tab during the Medicare prescription drug debacle earlier this year. Amy Scott repots on whether states have succeeded in moving eligible seniors off Medicaid rolls and into the new program.
Posted In: Health

The trade deficit just keeps unfolding like a flower...

The US trade deficit soared to an all-time high of $725.8 billion in 2005, hitting record levels with pretty much every country the US trades with. But as Amy Scott reports, there are some surprises in the numbers.
Posted In: Economy

March of the (high-tech) toys

As children become more sophisticated, the obsolescence cycle of toys becomes faster and faster. Amy Scott looks at how toy manufacturers are responding as they gather in New York this weekend to unveil their new products.

Last gasp for open outcry trading?

After years of shunning electronic trading in favor of boisterous trading pits, the New York Mercantile Exchange has decided to fire up the computers like other futures markets. Is this the end of an era? Amy Scott reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Burger King goes public

Burger King stock will be publicly offered for the first time in the chain's history. Burger King is one of the top three burger chains in the country, but it's the only one never to be traded publicly. Amy Scott takes a closer look.
Posted In: Wall Street

Trimming back the hedge funds

New SEC guidelines are set to go into effect today regulating accounting and disclosure practices at hedge funds. Amy Scott has more.
Posted In: Wall Street

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.


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