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

Nokia Lumia smartphone is game on for Windows

Microsoft's newest mobile operating system debuts this week on a new smartphone from Nokia, heating up the competition with Apple's iPhone and Google's Android operating system.
Posted In: nokia, lumia, windows 8, windows phone

Standard & Poor's 500 drops Sears

The prestigious corporate club says the big retailer's stock, which has been listed on the S&P since the 1950s, is no longer representative of the index.
Posted In: S&P 500 index, Standard & Poor's, Sears

Airlines squeeze seats and knees for more profits

Slimmer seats on some planes may bring bigger profits for airlines like United. But they will likely mean less comfort for passengers.
Posted In: Airlines, air travel

Numbers still point to lukewarm economic recovery

Conflicted news from Federal Reserve reflects tentative relationship drags on between Americans and their money.
Posted In: Economy, recovery

Mortgage giants face new carrot -- and stick

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac get some slack on repaying government bailout funds. But they’ll have to shrink their businesses faster than planned.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, mortgage

More credit unions adding and raising fees

Credit unions used to be a banking oasis free from fees. But slowly, credit unions are starting to charge for checking accounts and raising minimums to avoid fees.
Posted In: Banks, credit unions, fees

The paradox of the Walmart economy

Walmart's business has been on an upswing. But is it true that as goes the nation’s biggest retailer, so goes the nation’s economy?
Posted In: Walmart

Robo-signing moves to credit cards

First came mortgages. Now, courts are ruling against credit card issuers for sloppy paperwork or lack of proof when they sue alleged deadbeats.
Posted In: Money Matters, robo-signing, Credit Cards

Warning: 'Fiscal cliffs' may be ahead

A host of tax increases for the wealthy and cuts to deductions and credits may cause some steep drops in Americans' incomes.
Posted In: Taxes, deductions, credits

Famed soccer team Manchester United debuts on NYSE

Manchester United's IPO raised $230 million, but not much excitement. Why are investors coy about publicly traded sports teams?
Posted In: NYSE, IPO, Manchester United

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