Sarah Gardner is a reporter with Marketplace's Sustainability Desk. Her past projects include “We Used To Be China,” “Coal Play,” “Consumed,” “The Next American Dream,” “Jobs of the Future,” and “Climate Race,” among others. Sarah began her career at Marketplace as a freelancer and was hired as business editor and backup host to David Brancaccio in the mid ’90s.

Prior to her work at Marketplace, Sarah 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. She is the recipient of several awards, including a Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Finance Journalism (1997), an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award (1996 – 1997) and a George Foster Peabody Award, the oldest and most prestigious media award (2000).

Sarah 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., Sarah resides in Los Angeles.


Features by Sarah Gardner

SEC hits 'like' on corporations releasing info on social media

Reed Hastings landed in hot water for sharing info about Netflix on his personal Facebook page. Now, the SEC says, companies can share, tweet and Facebook, as long as investors know where to look.
Posted In: social media, SEC

A tale of two paycuts

One was voluntary, the other was not.
Posted In: salary, JC Penney, Barack Obama

March Madness and the big business of college sports

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby runs the Big 12 and sees major changes in college sports ahead.
Posted In: college athletics, NCAA, conferences, Big 12, March Madness, college sports

Financing the best journalism you've never read

Did you know you're missing out on some great reads? Journalism that never sees the light of day because, well, one person decides it's just not interesting enough to publish.
Posted In: Entrepreneur, media, journalism

What's the world's most stolen food?

It's especially a hot commodity in Europe.
Posted In: cheese, theft

Weight loss products just got sexier

Weight loss plans like Slim-Fast and Weight Watchers are competing hard against free options like calorie-counting apps on smartphones.
Posted In: weight loss, weight watchers, slim fast

Cities eye Stockton bankruptcy ruling

A bankruptcy in Stockton, Calif., could have reverberations for other municipalities around the country.
Posted In: stockton, bankruptcy

The most common job in the U.S.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has calculated the most and least common jobs in the country.
Posted In: Jobs, career

Why President's Day sales don't picture Ronald Reagan

Did you spot any sales using presidents to hawk their wares? Ever wonder if that's... legal?
Posted In: marketing, presidents

A robot for every job

How one little robot named Baxter could take over the last of America's manufacturing jobs.
Posted In: robots


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