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

Low expectations for earnings season

Corporate earnings season is kicking off. Corporate profits have been the engine behind the stock market's recent rally, but there's worry on Wall Street that earnings are losing momentum.
Posted In: corporate profits

New broker fees could raise costs for investors

Senior business correspondent reports on brokers charging mutual fund companies higher sales fees.
Posted In: Mutual funds, fees

Major pharmacy chains expected to merge this week

Express Scripts is looking to close a deal to takeover Medco Health Solutions this week. The combined companies will handle the prescription drugs of 135 million Americans. What effect will that have on pharmacy drug prices?
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, Medco, Express Scripts, prescription

Record jackpot could bring lottery lawsuits

The Mega Millions lottery has soared to a half-billion dollars, which means coworkers are pooling their money, which can lead to disputes.
Posted In: lottery, Mega millions

For first time, movie streaming to beat viewing by DVD

But consumers forgoing discs for online distribution could be bad for the industry.
Posted In: DVD, streaming, Entertainment, film

Bank of America throws homeowners new lifeline

Bank of America starts a foreclosure-prevention program that lets borrowers give up ownership of their home but stay on rent-paying tenants.
Posted In: Housing, Bank of America, foreclosure, underwater mortgage

With Kiva purchase, robots go the distance at Amazon

The giant online retailer buys robot-maker Kiva Systems for $775 million. The automatons will bring products to workers in Amazon's massive distribution centers.
Posted In: robot, Kiva Systems, Amazon

Mets owners settle Madoff suit

The owners of the New York Mets, who were Bernard Madoff investors and friends, agree to pay $162 million of gains from the Ponzi scheme.
Posted In: ponzi, Bernie Madoff, New York Mets

Showdown over the future of Yahoo!

A hedge fund investor with a 6 percent stake in Yahoo! is demanding to take over a block of seats on the Internet giant's board of directors.
Posted In: Yahoo, investors

New York latest state to cut pension benefits

New York legislators approve state employee pension cuts by $80 billion over 30 years. Now 44 states have cut benefits to close budget gaps.
Posted In: pensions, New York

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