Bob Moon is Marketplace’s senior business correspondent and occasional fill-in host for Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money. He previously served for five years as New York bureau chief.

Moon has reported from all 50 states and far-reaching international datelines. His career spans nearly four decades. Looking back, he has compared his broad experiences to movie character Forrest Gump’s uncanny knack of popping up at major historical events.

Before joining Marketplace in 2000, Moon spent two decades at The Associated Press, covering stories ranging from failed nuclear arms negotiations between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in Iceland, to global economic summits in Rome, Venice and Tokyo. As White House correspondent for The AP’s broadcast division, Moon witnessed Reagan’s famous “Tear down this wall!” speech. He covered national political campaigns over several decades, including George H. W. Bush’s “Read my lips, no new taxes!” convention speech in 1988, and Bill Clinton’s race to the White House in 1992.

Moon tracked the U.S. space program for over ten years, describing firsthand more than 50 shuttle launches and landings. His assignments have often taken him to the scenes of tragic events, including the Challenger explosion (he described the disastrous launch live and anchored six straight hours of special coverage); several weeks on the Texas prairie covering the FBI’s standoff with the armed Branch Davidian cult; the Columbine High School shooting rampage; the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center; and the mass evacuation of New Orleans residents to Houston after Hurricane Katrina (his  exclusive reporting of a remark by Barbara Bush, who suggested the evacuees were “better off,” sparked a widespread backlash).

Moon grew up in Southern California. He began his career at age 18 as a country music DJ in Cedar City, Utah, where the station owner asked him to cover local news as part of his duties. He went on to head radio news departments in Salt Lake City, and was lead evening anchor at WLEX-TV, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Ky.

Features By Bob Moon



Payroll tax cut could expire on Jan. 1

No deal in Congress would mean that the payroll tax would rise by 2 percent, and unemployment benefits would be drastically cut.
Posted In: payroll tax, Washington D.C., politics, Unemployment

A country without an economy

After six decades under a bungling dictatorship, North Korea is a country with virtually no economy at all.
Posted In: North Korea, Kim Jong-Il

Gold, once a safe haven, loses luster to cash

Gold prices have fallen sharply, erasing gains of last summer’s rally. Investors’ economic fears haven’t changed, but their safe haven asset has.
Posted In: gold

Chief Avon lady to be replaced

Longtime CEO Andrea Jung will step aside as Avon faces management and growth challenges. She will remain chairman of the cosmetics firm.
Posted In: avon, cosmetics, makeup

Cheaper gas prices lead to demise of Ford Ranger

Ford is getting rid of its Ranger small pickup trucks. The company says it's investing in demand, and that's for full-size vehicles. Cheaper gas prices could be to blame.
Posted In: Auto, Ford, trucks

Plan B could go O.T.C.

Today, the FDA decides whether to sell the morning after pill over-the-counter. Over-the-counter drugs can often make drug makers a lot more money than prescriptions.
Posted In: Health, prescription, pharmaceuticals

What's on the agenda at Friday's EU summit

European leaders meet in Brussels on Friday to try to work out the continent’s debt crisis. Greater fiscal cooperation is top of the agenda.
Posted In: European Union, Brussels

Disney's gift to shareholders signals an improved economy

Disney and other big companies have boosted annual stock dividends lately. Does this mean America's economic crystal ball is clearer? Or do companies simply not have better options to spend the cash they're hoarding?
Posted In: disney, dividends

On World AIDS Day, generics lacking

Activists are using the date to push for generic AIDS drugs, but the generics might not be economically worth it to companies that would produce it.
Posted In: AIDS, drugs, pharmaceuticals

Borrowing Europe's debt troubles

Is the U.S. borrowing trouble with the Federal Reserve's offer to swap dollars for shaky euros?
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Federal Reserve


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