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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

How to get an early piece of Facebook's IPO

As Facebook plans to go public next week, this week individual investors are buying E*Trade accounts because of the rumors they may be able to get in early on the public shares of Facebook stock. How easy is that?
Posted In: Facebook, IPO

JPMorgan may take back pay over trading loss

CEO Jamie Dimon says JPMorgan will consider “clawbacks” of salary and bonuses of those behind the $2 billion trading loss.
Posted In: JPMorgan

Getting your own slice of the Facebook IPO

There's a lot of hype over the upcoming Facebook IPO. We have a reality check and advice for those of you waiting impatiently for its launch.
Posted In: Facebook, IPO, frenzy, Investing, hype, Wall Street

JPMorgan Chase reveals $2 billion losses

On what were essentially bad and risky bets made by the bank. Still, CEO Jamie Dimon tried to play down the situation in today's conference call.
Posted In: JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, Banks

Dunkin’ Donuts sets up shop in India

Dunkin’ Donuts launches a flagship outlet in New Delhi, with a full snack menu strategy. It aims to get a jump on Starbucks in India.
Posted In: Dunkin' Donuts, coffee, India, fast food, starbucks

Real estate agents bristle at online listings

Zillow, Trulia and other sites contain inaccuracies that skew the market, real estate agents say. Some are pulling their online listings.
Posted In: Housing, real estate

Nintendo reports first annual operating loss

Pioneer electronic game developer Nintendo loses its edge as Apple products and smart phones become popular for gaming.
Posted In: nintendo, video games

Housing market finally shows signs of improvement

The latest economic forecast from federal policymakers indicates the worst may be over for the long depressed housing market. The question is how long will it take for things to return to normal.
Posted In: Housing

America woos overseas tourists

Since 9/11, America's share of worldwide tourism has dropped 30 percent. A new ad campaign hopes to reverse the trend.
Posted In: Travel, tourism

Hasbro changes the rules of board game biz

Hasbro plans to revamp games like Monopoly and Life, after a 10 percent industry slump in game and puzzle sales last year.
Posted In: Hasbro, toys, games

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