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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Fourth quarter earnings

Companies begin reporting their fourth quarter earnings statements in earnest this week. Bob Moon tells us what to expect.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Iran's nuclear stand pushes oil prices up

Oil prices are on the rise again, partly due to a standoff between the West and Iran. Tehran announced this week they're going to resume work on making nuclear fuel. Bob Moon explains what that has to do with the price of oil.
Posted In: Canada
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Bankruptcies R Us

Over 2 million American households filed for bankruptcy in 2005. Bob Moon reports that it wasn't just financial troubles; people were rushing to file before a Congressionally-mandated reform law made it harder to do.
Posted In: Economy
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Salary flap

Skyrocketing executive pay has dogged corner offices since the corporate scandals of the first part of the decade. Now the SEC is considering a major overhaul of executive pay disclosure rules. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Stern sees some Sirius money

Starting next week, Howard Stern is getting nearly 35 million shares of Sirius Satellite Radio, the new home of his irreverent talk show. Bob Moon finds out why.
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Fuzzy figures

Many companies listed in the S&P 500 factor company stock buybacks into quarterly earnings reports. The practice skews revenue reporting in the companies' favor, and as Bob Moon reports, it's completely legal.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Wall Street 'witching'

Bob Moon looks at the quarterly phenomenon called the "quadruple witching period," scheduled to end today, which whipsaws the price of many stocks.
Posted In: Wall Street
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From the Money Matters Desk: Mean Girls

The glass ceiling might have been shattered. But is there another all-female barrier? On this week's Money Matters -- our regular look at how to improve your bottom line -- Nan Mooney shares insight from her new book, Why Women Betray Other Women at Work.
Posted In: Jobs
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Alltel goes all-cell

Alltel announced it will spin off its traditional local-phone-service division and reposition itself as a purely wireless carrier. Bob Moon reports.
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NYSE/Archipelago update

Members of the New York Stock Exchange have approved the acquisition of electronic exchange operator Archipelago. Bob Moon looks at what's next for the Big Board.
Posted In: Wall Street

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