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

Gold nears $500 an ounce

The price of an ounce of gold is almost $500. Bob Moon has the story on why gold - and other commodities - has become so pricey.

Free trade free-for-all

The Wall Street Journal says U.S. officials are alarmed that China seems to be buying influence with its extensive free-trade push. But Bob Moon reports the problem might be less with China... than with ourselves.

What if they sold a newspaper...

...and no one came? Newspaper giant Knight-Ridder says it will explore a possible sale of the company. This raises the question: Will anybody be interested in buying a newspaper group? Bob Moon finds out.

How's that bubble doing?

Maybe it's true that the housing market is slowing down. Toll Brothers today cut its sales forecast for next year, and Wall Street sold off housing stocks across the board today. Bob Moon reports.

Knight Ridder to go on the block?

Shareholders are calling on the nation's second largest newspaper chain to put itself up for sale. Bob Moon reports.

Gas prices dip, a little

The government reports Wednesday that crude oil inventories grew for the fourth straight week. At the same time, the average price of gas has dropped to pre-Katrina levels. Bob Moon reports.

Judge Alito on business

Samuel Alito began this Halloween with a big treat: the president nominated him to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Court watchers are reading up on what he's written. Bob Moon has more.
Posted In: Washington

GDP says... people are still shopping

The GDP was up a healthy 3.8 percent in the third quarter. Go figure. Bob Moon looks at why the hurricanes don't appear to have dented the economy.
Posted In: Wall Street

New York's richest building

It's no surprise that housing in New York is some of the costliest in the nation, but how much does the most expensive apartment go for, and what do you get for the mint you have to pay? Bob Moon takes a look.
Posted In: New York

Changes at the NYSE

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange looks chaotic and disorganized. But up close and in person it's not all that crazy. Marketplace's Bob Moon begins our special coverage .


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