Bob Moon
Reporter, Marketplace

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.

More from Bob Moon

World
Iceland's former Prime Minister Geir Haarde speaks to the press on September 5, 2011 at the Icelandic Culture House in Reykjavik during his trial for allegedly contributing to the country's stunning economic collapse.
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Economy

Sales of manufactured goods falter

A worker installs a part while working on the assembly line at the Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio. After months of good economic news, durable goods orders are now down in the U.S.
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Business

SEC mulls fees for high-speed traders

High-speed computers dominate stock trading. But they cancel so many transactions that the SEC wants to fine them for “speeding.” Here, a stock trader reads a graph on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange at the closing bell on Feb. 21, 2012 in New York City.
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Tech

Congress finds funds in the airwaves

Parts of the broadcast spectrum will be auctioned off to help cover the costs of the payroll tax cut and extended long-term unemployment benefits. Even a sliver of spectrum could bring a big chunk of cash.
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Economy

Manufacturing leads the way

U.S. factories increased their output for the second month running in January. Strong auto sales helped drive the surge.
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