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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NYSE, Euronext deal

The Big Board has reached a deal to merge with Euronext to create the first trans-Atlantic stock exchange. Bob Moon has more.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street
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GM to subsidize gas guzzlers

General Motors will subsidize gas purchases in Florida and California to boost SUV sales in those states. It will cap gas prices at $1.99 per gallon for new buyers of some 2006 and 2007 vehicles. Bob Moon reports.
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Volatile market looks to durable goods

Jittery investors will keep an eye on today's durable goods numbers for signs of the health of the economy. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street
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NYSE makes Euronext offer

The New York Stock Exchange has offered to buy European exchange operator Euronext for $10 billion. It's seeking to beat rival Nasdaq in the race to become the first transatlantic stock market. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Canada, Wall Street
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Feds probe companies' stock options

Federal investigators are examining whether some companies illegally manipulated stock option grants to give their executives more favorable returns. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street
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The Real ID

In the future, a single card may be your ticket to everything. You'll use it to access your bank account. Without it, you can't travel on a plane or collect social security. Bob Moon reports on the battle over "Real ID."
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Phone companies in the hot seat

AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth are going to have to answer to the American people. The companies have been handing over phone records to the government, and the lawsuit parade is already underway. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Washington
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US automakers want end to hybrid credits

A report today suggests GM and Ford are lobbying for rules that would reduce the incentive to buy hybrids. Why? Japanese auto giants Toyota and Honda are miles ahead in the hybrid game. Bob Moon explains.
Posted In: Washington
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Quarterly earnings run

This corporate earnings season marks at least the 10th straight quarter of double-digit earnings growth. Bob Moon takes a look at what's behind the trend.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street
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An Asian equivalent to the euro?

Today China, Japan and South Korea announced a plan to work toward coordination of their monetary policies. But the first hurdle will be overcoming centuries of suspicion and mistrust. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

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