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

Alltel goes all-cell

Alltel announced it will spin off its traditional local-phone-service division and reposition itself as a purely wireless carrier. Bob Moon reports.

NYSE/Archipelago update

Members of the New York Stock Exchange have approved the acquisition of electronic exchange operator Archipelago. Bob Moon looks at what's next for the Big Board.
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A public exchange

The members of the New York Stock Exchange took a big step into the digital age today, approving a merger with the electronic trading firm Archipelago. New York bureau chief Bob Moon reports.
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Members of the New York Stock Exchange are expected to vote today on whether to acquire electronic exchange operator Archipelago. Bob Moon reports.
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Taking stock of the NYSE

Tomorrow, seat-holders at the New York Stock Exchange vote on whether to approve the Exchange's merger with electronic trading firm Archipelago. Bob Moon tells host Kai Ryssdal why they're likely to vote yes.
Posted In: Wall Street

All we want for Christmas... a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Of course, it costs $4 million. A year ago, $2 million seemed like a good price. What's up? Well, as Bob Moon reports, Tuesday the NYSE votes on its merger with Archipelago.
Posted In: Wall Street

If you can't make money in this business...

Given the record profits many energy companies have been reporting, you'd think anybody in the business would be making big money these days. So how come Calpine Corporation is fighting to avoid bankruptcy? Bob Moon took a look.

I want my MTV - and nothing else

Suppose you could pay for only the cable channels you want, and none of the ones you don't? Today the FCC gave its support to "a la carte" pricing. Bob Moon reports on how the debate is shaping up.

Toy story

Remember when all your kid desperately wanted for Christmas was a Tickle-Me-Elmo doll? Well, kids have gone upscale and high-tech; this year they're as likely to have a cell phone on their wish list. Bob Moon reports.

French people are traveling par avion

The world's largest airline, Air France-KLM, reported great quarterly profits. But wait, isn't the airline business dying? Maybe not outside the United States, as Bob Moon reports.


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