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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

Comic-Con still a must-go for film industry

Movie studios aren't all screening new films, though. Some find the convention is a place to make deals without having a high profile.
Posted In: comics, hollywood, film, Comic-Con, Entertainment

U.S. Army cuts NASCAR ties

Congressional critics say the recruiting money used to sponsor sporting events like Stewart-Haas Racing could be spent more effectively.
Posted In: Army, NASCAR, advertising

BlackBerry maker RIM holds annual meeting

The struggling maker of BlackBerry smartphones, Research in Motion, holds its annual shareholders meeting today outside Toronto in the Canadian town of Waterloo. Shareholders are hoping to hear some reassuring news.
Posted In: Blackberry, Research in Motion, smartphones

Chasing the 8 percent return

Eight percent is considered the "magic" return rate, but in today's economy, trying to hit that number may be dangerous.
Posted In: pension funds, Investing, 8 percent, economic crash

The 8% pension plan solution

Public pension funds are resorting to riskier investments in a bid to score returns high enough to give retirees their guaranteed payments.
Posted In: pension funds, public pensions, Money Matters

Banks facing new restrictions on foreclosures

The California state legislature passed a law yesterday that sponsors are calling a "Homeowners Bill of Rights." Supporters say the changes will prevent unnecessary foreclosures.
Posted In: Housing, foreclosure, california

European leaders meet in Brussels, weigh options

EU leaders meet in Brussels today and tomorrow to seek solutions to the continent’s debt crisis, but some observers expect them to achieve little.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, European Union

Can officials seize mortgages to save homeowners?

A hard-hit Southern California county is giving serious consideration to a plan to seize troublesome mortgages.
Posted In: Housing, eminent domain, foreclosure

How the immigration change impacts jobs

Obama's decision to ease restrictions on some undocumented immigrants won’t add pressure for jobs seekers in the short-term.
Posted In: Jobs, undocumented, Immigration

Nokia to lay off nearly 10,000 workers

Once-dominant Nokia is struggling to shift from cell phones to smartphones. The layoffs come on top of 30,000 job cuts Nokia has announced since 2010.
Posted In: nokia

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