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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

Bank of Wal-Mart?

A public hearing starts today over Wal-Mart's plans to get into the banking business. As Bob Moon reports, the proposal has plenty of skeptics.

'DaVinci Code' paperback sales boom

The paperback release of the hugely popular bestseller has sold 500,000 copies in just the last week, prompting its publisher to boost its print run. It's also pushing a wave of religious books and television programs. Why? Bob Moon reports.

Self-sustaining parks

You might not have given it much thought, but that greenspace in your town costs money. The burden has usually fallen on taxpayers. Now, a growing number of parks are sprouting corporate logos. Bob Moon reports.

GM to sell off GMAC

Looking to raise much needed cash, General Motors today announced its plans to sell the majority stake of its financing arm to a private equity group. Bob Moon reports.

Precious metals are golden

Gold prices, along with those of other commodities, are reaching new highs. Bob Moon looks into why precious metals are such big money-makers right now.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

The Fed meets

The Federal Reserve Board meets today, and it's the first time for newly appointed chairman Ben Bernanke. Bob Moon talks about what most are already anticipating: That the Fed will once again raise interest rates, making it the 15th increase in almost two years.
Posted In: Economy

Delphi's dilemma

Executives from General Motors and its big parts supplier Delphi will meet with leaders of the United Auto Workers. Delphi is seeking to reach an agreement with the union on deep wage and benefit cuts. Bob Moon reports.

Raise the Roof

Another week, another confusing list of housing statistics. New home sales fell last month. Sales of older homes rebounded. Is it a buyers market? Or should sellers rejoice? Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Housing, Investing

Lucent and Alcatel consider merger

Telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies and its French rival Alcatel are talking about making their two companies one. Bob Moon reports on why so many telecom giants are feeling the urge to merge.

Illegal wood in China's workshop

A report out today warns there is a price for those bargain furniture imports from China. Rain forests may be paying for it. Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Canada

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