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.


Features by Bob Moon

General Malaise

GM shares have sunk more than 3% today following the company's restatement of 2005 losses -- specifically, increasing them by $2 billion. Bob Moon looks at what this could mean for the struggling company.
Posted In: Wall Street

H&R Block accused of fraud

New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has filed suit against H&R Block, accusing the tax preparer of encouraging customers to invest in retirement accounts it offers that cost more in fees than they return in interest. Bob Moon reports.

McClatchy Buying Knight-Ridder

The McClatchy Company is buying the country's second-largest newspaper publishing company, Knight-Ridder Inc., for $4.5 billion. McClatchy plans to sell 12 of Knight-Ridder's 32 newspapers. Bob Moon looks at why McClatchy would sell these papers, who might buy them and why.

China's new piracy court

Chinese officials announced today that they've created a new court to handle product piracy cases. China is thought to be the world's biggest producer of illegally copied movies, music and software. Bob Moon reports.

NYSE goes public

For the first time, the Big Board is operating as a profit-making enterprise that has to answer to shareholders. That may mean some big changes in the way Wall Street does business. New York Bureau Chief Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Hedge fund disappearing act

A hearing is scheduled today into allegations that an Atlanta-based hedge fund defrauded clients who invested hundreds of millions of dollars. But the lead defendant and the money are nowhere to be found. Bob Moon has more.
Posted In: Investing, Wall Street

Economy's looking up

Leading economists have gazed deep into their crystal ball and pronounced the view a rosy one. Bob Moon reports that they see the economy surging back in the early part of the year.

The Lenovo ThinkPad

The Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo begins selling Lenovo-branded computers outside of China today. Lenovo is the world's third-largest computer maker after Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Will the Lenovo brand fly with American consumers? Bob Moon has the story.

Trade talks

American and European negotiators sit down today to hammer out differences in the current round of WTO-brokered trade talks. As Bob Moon reports, the clock is ticking on a final agreement.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Satellite radio

Today, XM Satellite Radio execs were playing up all the new subscribers they signed up last year. But it turns out XM paid dearly for all those ears: It posted a loss of almost $270 million for the final quarter of 2005. Bob Moon reports.


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