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

Citigroup investors push back on exec pay packages

Fifty-five percent of the bank's shareholders voted against pay packages for top execs, including $15 million in compensation for CEO Vikram Pandit. The vote is advisory only, though, and thus doesn't actually force a change in Citi's pay practices.
Posted In: banking, executives, Citigroup

Nestle in talks to buy Pfizer's baby food business

Reuters reports Nestle is closing in on a deal to buy Pfizer's infant nutrition business for up to $10 billion. That's a lot of baby formula.
Posted In: baby, Nestle, Pfizer

Dark meat chicken returns

According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, dark meat chicken is once again rising in popularity compared to its lighter counterparts.
Posted In: Food, chicken

When Google gets fined

And finally -- speaking of Google -- the Federal Communications Commission has been investigating the company's use of surveillance vehicles for its Street View mapping service.

Google admitted the cars it sends out to take images of streets around the globe, were gathering more than pictures. They were also capturing Web-surfing data, passwords and even e-mails from personal wi-fi signals.

Now, the FCC says there isn't enough evidence to go after Google for violating government regulations. But the agency is fining the online giant for deliberately impeding the federal investigation.

The fine? $25,000 -- which is about 0.000008 percent of the $2.89 billion Google made in just the first three months of this year.

Put another way, 25,000 bucks is what Google makes roughly every minute of every day.

Second month of positive signs in retail

The Commerce Department reports retail sales rose more than expected in March, by a solid 0.8 percent.
Posted In: spain, commerce, Retail

OpenTable facing competition from the Food Network

OpenTable is about to get some competition from the Food Network, in the form of their new site called CityEats.
Posted In: restaurants, Food, website, Food Network

Hey 'Taxman,' take a listen to this!

Former disc jockey and current Marketplace reporter Bob Moon shares 1040-themed songs over the decades.
Posted In: Taxes, Music, Entertainment

GOP-friendly super PACs can now focus money on Obama

Rick Santorum's exit from the GOP primary race means the super PAC money that kept his presidential bid alive will now likely be spent on anti-Obama attack ads.
Posted In: super PAC, Rick Santorum, 2012 election, Mitt Romney

Faulty background checks hurt job hunters

The National Consumer Law Center says it's the wild west for background-screening report companies that provide shoddy reports.
Posted In: background check, Jobs

Santorum calls it quits

Rick Santorum’s decision to bow out of the presidential race frees up millions of dollars that Republicans can now spend to fight Obama.
Posted In: Rick Santorum, 2012 election

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