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

If you can make it there

Editors at <em>Inc. Magazine</em> and rate New York the 184th-best place to set up and operate a business. What can be done &#8212; and who's finding a way to make it pay? Bob Moon reports.

Drilling in them thar hills?

The Senate Energy Committee is expected to vote today on whether to open the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil drilling. Bob Moon reports.

Genes in the Workplace

Genetic testing could lead to better health care. But the fear is that it could also lead to discrimination and inability to get health coverage. This week, IBM announced that it would not use genetic information when making hiring or benefits decisions. What does IBM's move mean for the future of genetic privacy? Marketplace's Bob Moon reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Kind of good news, but for how long?

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it could have been worse. The economy lost 35,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.1%. Bob Moon reports that the worst may be yet to come.
Posted In: Economy

Still got those Enron certificates?

Only a fraction of the $4.8 billion collected as restitution in corporate fraud cases has been turned over to investors, the Government Accountability Office reported Monday. Bob Moon looks at why.

Landing in Texas

Among evacuees who have made it out of New Orleans, many are heading to Texas. By mid-afternoon, some 5,000 refugees had already made the trip from the Superdome in New Orleans to the Astrodome. Bob Moon reports.

Real Estate Finally Getting Real?

Some cities are reporting a softening in the real estate market. But does that mean a soft landing? Marketplace's Bob Moon finds out.
Posted In: Economy

Credit Counseling, What It's Really Like...

This week, the House of Representatives passed a new bankruptcy bill, widely expected to be law. The bill requires debtors to get credit counseling before they can file for bankruptcy. But what exactly does credit counseling mean? Marketplace's Bob Moon gets a little advice.

Tax Code Reform

Cha-Cha-Changes…tax reform is on President Bush's second term agenda. What might those reforms be? Reporter Bob Moon finds how those proposed changes might change your bottom-line.

Opting Out of Health Insurance

The number of self-employed Americans gambling on life without health insurance is growing. So we decided to ask if it ever makes financial sense to take a calculated risk and pocket the cost of health insurance premiums? Marketplace reporter Bob Moon has the answer.
Posted In: Jobs


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