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.

Features By Sarah Gardner



Getting to know our meat better

A federal law goes into effect tonight requiring supermarkets to label the country of origin for fresh meat, produce and certain kinds of nuts. Sarah Gardner reports why the law took six years to get up and running.
Posted In: Food

Hospital staffers: Health care needs fix

As part of Marketplace's ongoing election series, "Interested Parties," reporter Sarah Gardner visited a hospital and looked into what people in the health care trenches want from Washington.
Posted In: Health

Suspect plastic in baby products

An FDA hearing today takes up a controversial plastic hardener that's used in everything from baby bottles to food packaging. Canada plans to ban it from baby bottles. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Science

FDA eyes labels that are a little bit nuts

Food labels often make it tricky for people with food allergies to figure out whether something's safe to eat. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday is going to look into whether confusion is damaging confidence. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Food, Health

Rethinking targets on gas mileage

Even though fuel efficiency standards were updated a few months ago, they already sound outdated. Some groups wish to set shorter-term goals beyond the current 35-mpg target. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Auto

Towns fight to keep groundwater local

A growing number of citizen groups from small towns are organizing against bottled water companies pumping locally. Sarah Gardner reports on a New Hampshire town's concerns over the tapping of its groundwater reserves.

Section 8 may soon be endangered

A large portion of federally-subsidized rental units will be in jeopardy in the next five years once Section 8 housing contracts expire. Sarah Gardner reports the average post-Section 8 rent hike is between 20% and 40%.
Posted In: Housing

Building on the principles of green

Abu Dhabi and Greensburg, Kansas may not seem to have a lot in common, but both cities are spearheading green development projects. Sarah Gardner reports on their separate plans for a similar goal.

Price of corn is popping up

Corn futures surpass the $7 a bushel mark this week, and some are predicting prices are headed much higher. Sarah Gardner reports what other high food prices we might be able to expect with the rising cost of corn.
Posted In: Economy

High gas prices hit charities hard

Charities are having a harder time recruiting help because volunteers can't afford to drive where they're needed. Sarah Gardner reports on the impact of gas prices on America's most needy.


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