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.
Companies that insure insurers could see major windfalls from post-Katrina rate adjustments. Sarah Gardner reports
Small cities are demanding higher energy efficiency standards and not just in "green" pockets of the country like California or the Pacific Northwest. Sarah Gardner visits one such town, deep in the heart of Red America.
Hundreds of US mayors have signed on to combat global warming in their cities. Sarah Gardner travels to one small Texas town to see how it is working to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
California officials warn of possible rolling blackouts if the current heat wave pushes energy use beyond supply capacity. Sarah Gardner takes a look at the economic toll the last time the Golden State faced rolling blackouts.
Much is at stake in the first trial into whether insurance companies are responsible for the flood and storm-surge damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Sarah Gardner has more.
Every week 30 million-plus people grab coffee at Starbucks. That's a lot of cups. This spring, the company introduced a cup made with 10% post-consumer recycled fiber, the first of its kind. Sarah Gardner tells the tale.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dreams of a hydrogen highway linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. But there are a few roadblocks in the way — like the lack of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Sarah Gardner reports.