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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.

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Features by Bob Moon

Could immigration reform suppress wages for U.S. workers?

Some economists predict immigration reform will have little effect on wages -- and might even bring higher pay.
Posted In: Immigration, labor, wages

Sluggish iPhone 5 sales revive Apple’s doubters

Reported cutbacks on iPhone5 parts and talk of a cheaper phone suggest Apple is yielding to competition rather than defining the market
Posted In: apple, iphone 5

Facebook borrows Apple's playbook to hype announcement

A mystery invitation to 'come and see what we're building' is generating plenty of buzz for Facebook.
Posted In: Facebook, mobile phone, social media

Wells Fargo leads bank earnings, recovery

Investors have high expectations for Wells Fargo -- the first big bank to report fourth-quarter results -- after turning in nearly three years of solid earnings.
Posted In: Wells Fargo, Earnings, banking

AIG has to consider lawsuit against U.S.

AIG's board must consider the shareholder lawsuit, because it is charged with acting in the best interests of its shareholders.
Posted In: AIG, bailout, lawsuit

Economists cautiously hopeful ahead of monthly jobs data

Private payroll data points to an encouraging trend in service-related jobs that are key to economic growth.
Posted In: employment, Jobs, jobs report

New Year's resolutions boost gym memberships

Health club business soars in January as dieters sign up to make good on their New Year’s resolutions. But most don’t keep up their reps.
Posted In: gym, fitness, weight loss, resolution, New Year

Troubled assets continue to threaten banks

Bank failures across the country tapered off during the past year, but why are some banks still failing?
Posted In: banking

Sha-moolah! SeaWorld plans to go public

Private-equity group Blackstone plans a public stock offering of SeaWorld Entertainment. The home of Shamu is now profitable but heavily indebted.
Posted In: seaworld, Mergers and Acquisitions

Medical device makers try to stave off new tax

Medical device makers say the 2.3 percent tax on sales due to start in January will cost jobs. The levy is part of the Obama health care program.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, health care

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