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

A chill on retail sales?

US retail sales surged 2.3% in January, nearly triple the expected increase. But retailers are already predicting weak sales in February, and they're blaming the weather. Bob Moon explains.

The return of the long bond

After a five-year hiatus, the 30-year Treasury note make a comeback today. But is there a market for it? Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Economy, Investing

AIG settlement

The insurance giant is expected to pay $1.5 billion to federal regulators to settle charges of deceptive accounting. Bob Moon has more.

Is unemployment as low as it looks?

US companies hired almost 200,000 people in January. The Labor Department says that cuts the unemployment rate a couple tenths to 4.7%. Last time it was that low? July, 2001. Bob Moon has more.
Posted In: Economy

United emerges from bankruptcy

United Airlines emerges from bankruptcy today, just as Jet Blue announced first quarter losses. What does an airline need to do to make a profit? What will United do lift its stock value? Bob Moon has the story.

Employment cost index

It's Alan Greenspan's last day as head of the Fed. A statistic Greenspan's particularly fond of is going in the right direction for him. But that also means that workers are falling further behind on pay. Bob Moon has more.
Posted In: Economy

Exxon-Mobil profits

Last year was a gusher of a year for the world's biggest oil company. Exxon-Mobil reports today that it took in profits of more than $36 billion dollars in 2005. That's believed to be the single largest annual profit in history for any American company. In just the last three months of the year, the Texas-based oil giant cleared $11 billion in profits. The numbers are record-shattering, but are they excessive when they only add up to roughly 10% of the company's total sales. Marketplace's Bob Moon takes a closer look:

GDP slows

The economy grew at only a 1.1% annual rate last quarter. It's the slowest pace in three years and raises serious questions, both about the state of the economy and the accuracy of economists' predictions. Most number crunchers had expected the economy to grow much more quickly. Bob Moon has the story.
Posted In: Economy

Fourth quarter GDP

The government is expected to release GDP figure for the fourth quarter of 2005 today, and analysts predict the number will show that the economy slowed during the last three months of the year. Bob Moon has more.

Disney/Pixar

So the Mouse has snapped up the wildly successful Pixar animation house. But did it pay too much to reclaim its position as king of the cartoon? Bob Moon takes a look.

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