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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

Merry Hollywood returns

Two big movies open today -- "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained." Overall, movie attendance is up this year. And that's after two years of ticket declines. So what's got movie industry singing?
Posted In: movie theaters, movies, hollywood

Carmakers developing hi-tech sensors for drivers

Honk if your palms are sweaty! Carmakers are heading down the road toward biometric technology.
Posted In: car, technology, biometric

New Instagram privacy policy frustrates users

Photo-sharing site says it has the right to sell user photos to advertisers.
Posted In: instagram, Facebook, privacy, online privacy

Car sales drive economy around the world

Car makers are headed for a record year for sales. Never mind a sluggish U.S. economy and a European recession.
Posted In: cars, Auto, General Motors

UBS targeted in interest-rate rigging scandal

Swiss bank UBS is reportedly close to a $1 billion settlement with regulators over the LIBOR rate-rigging scandal.
Posted In: LIBOR, UBS

The holiday bonus: From turkeys to incentive plans

It used to be that you might get a turkey from your boss as a holiday bonus, but today a bonus check is more like it.
Posted In: holiday, salary

Fiscal cliff? WebMD hit by the patent cliff

Online health site WebMD plans to lay off 14 percent of its staff. Drug companies have curtailed ads because lucrative patents have expired.
Posted In: webmd, pharmaceuticals, patents

Amid protest, Michigan advances 'right-to-work' law

Michigan is likely to join 23 other states with 'right-to-work' laws. Republicans passed legislation yesterday through the state's House and Senate amid strong opposition from unions.
Posted In: Michigan, right to work, union, labor

Apple to move some computer production to U.S.

Apple's CEO reveals the company will shift some manufacturing jobs from China to U.S.
Posted In: apple, tim cook, manufacturing

States cut anti-smoking efforts despite tobacco money windfall

A new study finds state governments are plugging budget gaps at the expense of tobacco prevention programs.
Posted In: cigarettes, smoking, tobacco, Health

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