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

Despite reforms, bank fees keep rising

Banks are spreading the pain of fees to a wider swath of clients, according to a Bankrate study. Free checking is a dwindling option.
Posted In: banking, fees, overdraft fees

Walmart gives Amazon Kindle the boot

Walmart, following Target’s lead, will stop selling the Amazon Kindle. It’s recognition that the online retailer is a serious Walmart competitor.
Posted In: Walmart, Amazon, Kindle

Labor woes worsen at American Airlines

Between disgruntled union workers and thousands of layoffs, yet more American Airlines flights are being cancelled or delayed. Should travelers avoid the bankrupt carrier?
Posted In: American Airlines, layoffs, flight delays

Helium shortage causes prices to balloon

Helium is an abundant element that's vital to high-tech products. But slack production is causing a shortage, and that has helium prices ballooning.
Posted In: balloons, helium

Sales tax may cut into Amazon's edge

With Amazon beginning to charge sales tax in some states, analysts think it may convince some consumers to buy big-ticket items in traditional brick-and-mortar stores.
Posted In: Amazon, sales tax

Who will keep Ford's winning streak going?

As CEO Alan Mulally nears retirement, his stellar performance in saving and reinvigorating Ford makes even employees wonder: who can replace him?
Posted In: Ford, Auto

IRS pays $104 million to whistleblower

The IRS richly rewarded a former UBS banker for exposing the Swiss bank's scheme to help Americans avoid taxes through offshore accounts.
Posted In: whistleblowers

Katie Couric joins post-Oprah daytime cast

Katie Couric, the former news anchor and Today Show host, launches her daytime show in the latest attempt to fill the Oprah Winfrey void
Posted In: katie couric, Oprah, daytime talkshows

Conventions aside, super PACs reign supreme

Rahm Emanuel’s resignation from the Obama campaign to raise big-money funds shows the primacy of newly empowered super PACs
Posted In: super PAC, Rahm Emanuel, 2012 election

Microsoft and Nokia try again with a new smartphone

The two companies are hoping to capitalize when they introduce their new designed-from-the-ground-up smartphone today, based on the same Windows 8 system that'll run next-generation PCs.
Posted In: windows 8, windows phone, Microsoft

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