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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

Feds sue Bank of America over 'hustle' home loans

Federal prosecutors in New York are accusing the bank of defrauding the government by rushing home loans through the approval process, then selling them to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Posted In: Bank of America, Countrywide, home loans, mortgage crisis

Global slowdown hits corporate profits

Illinois Tool Works isn’t a known bellwether, but its earnings show key trends: As export markets cool, profits come from U.S. sales and cost cuts.
Posted In: corporate profits

Facebook employees poised to cash in

Restrictions on the sale of Facebook stock by the social media firm's employees end this week, meaning many of them will be millionaires, not just millionaires "on paper." But the sale will likely drive the stock price down.
Posted In: Facebook, stock, Earnings, Tech

Microsoft to unveil major Windows overhaul this week

The new Windows 8 operating system promises some big changes, including a radically different look. It could also mean having to relearn Windows.
Posted In: Microsoft, windows 8

Entertainment industry to launch new anti-piracy campaign

Some of the nation's largest Internet Service Providers are teaming with the music and recording industry to block access to web sites that don't follow copyright laws.
Posted In: Internet, copyright, piracy

Citigroup names new CEO in abrupt switch

A sudden change of leadership at Citigroup raises new questions about the future of the embattled banking giant.
Posted In: Citigroup, Vikram Pandit, Mike O'Neill

African-American youth seeing more alcohol ads

A new study finds African-Americans aged 12-20 are exposed to more alcohol advertising than American young people in general
Posted In: African American, advertising, alcohol, teenagers, drinking

Myspace tries yet another comeback act

The once-popular social media site is revamping its look and aiming to be a destination for musicians and artists.
Posted In: MySpace, Facebook

New CEO plans to motivate Yahoo! employees

Free phones and free lunch are nice perks, but what about innovations that get the company growing again?
Posted In: Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer, motivation, tech industry

A new new strategy for Yahoo coming soon

New CEO Marissa Meyer is expected to use her Google experience to jump-start growth at Yahoo
Posted In: Google, Marissa Mayer, Microsoft, Yahoo, Yahoo!

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