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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Budget impasse tarnishes Golden State

California's Gov. Schwarzenegger is halting public works projects and preparing to lay off thousands of workers as state lawmakers keep failing to approve a budget. As Sarah Gardner reports, this may be a great example of how not to steer a state toward financial recovery.
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Will companies stay green in recession?

In the past few years, many companies have made the effort to become more green -- from launching sustainability initiatives to cutting energy use. But in this economic downturn, is corporate green fervor dwindling? Sarah Gardner reports.
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Report: Green companies do better

A new study out today suggests that greener, more socially responsible companies tend to perform better than their peers. Sarah Gardner reports which companies were considered more successful and sustainable.
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Arctic fishing gets cold U.S. reception

Ice is melting rapidly off the northern coast of Alaska, which is drawing the attention of the commercial fishing industry. But U.S. government is expected to step in and stop it before it starts. Sarah Gardner reports.
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Senate focusing on tax cuts in stimulus

President Obama's economic stimulus plan makes its way to the Senate today, where tax cuts will be the focus. Some lawmakers have their eyes on the Alternative Minimum Tax. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Taxes
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Recession sets the tone in Davos

The World Economic Forum usually attracts rock stars and supermodels to Davos. But this year, political leaders are taking the spotlight, and the tone is more subdued thanks to the recession. Sarah Gardner reports.
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Layoffs clouding the solar industry

The U.S. solar industry has enjoyed a lot of growth in recent years, but it's not immune to recession. Many solar companies have confirmed layoffs, factory closings or construction delays. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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Medicare a top issue in Obama budget

President Obama wants to tackle Medicare in his first budget, a program he calls "unsustainable." The issue is a tough sell politically, but could be easier if rising health care costs are managed. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health
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Middle East exploring green technology

Leaders of wealthy Middle East emirates have been pouring billions into green technology. Sarah Gardner reports petroleum powerhouses like Abu Dhabi are taking renewable energy seriously.
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Getting on a pre-pay plan for college

With college tuition continuing climbing and the stock market continuing to fall, more people are liking the idea of locking in future college costs. Sarah Gardner looks into the pros and cons of a pre-paid 529 plan.
Posted In: Education

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