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Jennifer Collins is a reporter for the Marketplace portfolio of programs.  She is based in Los Angeles, where she covers media, retail, the entertainment industry and the West Coast.

Collins joined Marketplace in 2007 as an assistant producer and spent an additional two-and-a-half years directing and producing Marketplace Morning Report.

Collins likes the challenge of preparing for an interview, the thrill of a good conversation and the pleasure of learning something new every day.

Prior to Marketplace, Collins reported for newspapers in Ore., Ala. and Cambodia.

Collins received her bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University and attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, receiving honors in radio. She speaks some Spanish, French, Khmer and Arabic.

A native of Samish Island, Wash., (where Collins drove a farming combine for three summers in high school, harvesting peas) she currently lives in Los Angeles where she can be found scrambling up hillsides and running through the streets, as well as showing movies in her backyard for her neighbors in Hollywood.

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Features by Jennifer Collins

Disney digests a movie bomb with 'John Carter'

After a lackluster opening weekend, "John Carter" is on track to be a huge money loser. Disney could be facing a loss of $100 million or more.
Posted In: Entertainment, film, disney, John Carter, flop

Apple's latest announcement expected today

As Apple makes a big announcement in the U.S., it may take some of the heat off the company for labor conditions at its suppliers in China and the lack of American jobs it creates.
Posted In: apple, iPad, China

Got an iPad 2 for sale?

Apple announces its new iPad. Here's what to do with the old one.
Posted In: apple, iPad 2, iPad

Giving up Google for a day

Our reporter attempts to avoid using the search engine, and finds its influence is almost everywhere.
Posted In: Google

Facebook announces its mobile marketing plan

Marketers descended on Facebook's first one-day conference yesterday to find out what the social network has in store. Facebook announced that for the first time its getting into mobile marketing.
Posted In: Facebook, mobile, marketing

Rain, fire, Twitter make winning formula for NASCAR

A tweeting driver and rain delays help boost the profile of NASCAR at the Daytona 500.
Posted In: NASCAR, Twitter, social media

Bloomie's new calling card

Taking its cue from grocery stores and drug stores, Bloomingdale's will offer a loyalty card that is not tied to a store credit card. The cards go to shoppers, but the department store chain may reap the biggest rewards.
Posted In: Bloomingdale's, Retail

Searching search engines for the sound of music

X5 is a giant in digital classical music. And it got there by scouring the Internet to find out what you're looking for, then building it.
Posted In: Music, online retail, x5, crowdsourcing, search

When is a rental also a test drive?

Toyota revs up its sales to U.S. car rental companies in an attempt to overcome years of problems that kept consumers away.
Posted In: Auto, rental car, Toyota

Credit agencies and debt collectors to get federal scrutiny

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing to add the three major credit bureaus and debt colletion companies to the list of businesses the federal agency can now oversee.
Posted In: debt collection, credit agencies, equifax, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB

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