Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace sustainability desk covering sustainability news spots and features. Gardner’s past projects include “Consumed,” “The Next American Dream,” “Jobs of the Future,” and “Climate Race,” to name a few. Gardner began her career at Marketplace as a freelancer and was hired as business editor and back-up host to David Brancaccio in the mid-90s. Prior to her work at Marketplace, Gardner was a public radio freelancer in Los Angeles, a staff reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, a commercial radio reporter in Massachusetts and an editor/reporter for a small town newspaper in Minnesota.  Throughout her career she’s enjoyed those light bulb moments in interviews when she gets an unexpected answer that leads to a compelling news story.  Gardner is the recipient of several awards including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Finance Journalism (1997), an AlfredI.duPont-Columbia University Award (1996-1997) and a George Foster Peabody Award, the oldest and most prestigious media award (2000). Gardner attended Carleton College where she received her bachelor’s degree in religion and Columbia University where she received her master’s degree in journalism. A native of Waukesha,Wis., Gardner resides in Los Angeles.

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IOUs may hurt California vendors

With California's $24 billion budget gap still unresolved, the state will start paying its bills with IOUs. Sarah Gardner reports on how this may affect state vendors.
Posted In: Economy
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Climate change bill empowers farmers

A new climate change bill up would pay farmers for practices that keep carbon dioxide in the soil. But some green groups fear putting the Agricultural Department in charge of the program could weaken oversight. Sarah Gardner reports.
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Climate change cost boosts supporters

The Congressional Budget Office says a proposed cap and trade bill to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions will cost $22 billion a year by 2020. Sarah Gardner reports this gives supporters of the bill some ammunition.
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EPA rules would cut back mercury

The EPA is proposing new rules that would drastically cut mercury emissions and other pollutants from cement plants. But some worry the regulations may potentially be too stringent. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health
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Ethanol business all but popping

Everything from company bankruptcies to the price of corn has been making it a rough year for the ethanol industry, and experts expect the shakeout to continue. Sarah Gardner explores what the big players are doing to survive.
Posted In: Auto
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Will tobacco regulation change cigs?

The Senate is considering legislation that will give the FDA power to regulate the tobacco industry. But if it passes, will cigarettes really change? Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Food
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Digital TV is coming, ready or not

TV stations across the country will finally make the complete switch from analog to digital TV. But not everybody is ready for digital prime time. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Science
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BPA use will likely be contained

The Food and Drug Administration is revisiting safety concerns surrounding the plastic hardener Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA. The FDA is likely to ban BPA in baby bottles, cups and food containers. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health
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Will GM's ad campaign rev up buyers?

General Motors just filed for bankruptcy, but it's already trying to re-brand itself. The automaker has launched a new ad campaign touting how the company will reinvent itself. Are consumers buying the new sales pitch? Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Auto
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Weighing the risk of investing in states

There are fears the state of California could default on its debts. But would investors from other places be interested in the debt, given all the risk? Sarah Gardner says yes, and explains why.
Posted In: Investing

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