Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace 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. 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.  She 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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Features by Sarah Gardner

Small college Grinnell weighs big changes to financial aid

Grinnell is a very small liberal arts college in Iowa with a very big endowment: $1.4 billion. Why the financially sound institution is looking at how to control future costs.
Posted In: college, college tuition, Tuition, financial aid

Soda companies to post calories at vending machines

Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and Pepsi will roll out special vending machines next year.
Posted In: Coca-cola, soda, calorie

What a $3,000 car looks, feels and drives like

The new Datsun will be sold in emerging countries like India, where it will be the first car for many buyers. It will not be as safe or as environmentally clean as cars in the U.S.
Posted In: Nissan, cars

Made in IKEA?

IKEA says it regrets a decision to airbrush women out of its Saudi Arabian catalogs. The images included one of a mom in her p.j.s, standing at the bathroom sink with her young son.
Posted In: Ikea

Final note: Bad Karma at Fisker Automotive

The new Karma luxury hybrid is smarting from a series of bruising reviews over at Consumer Reports.
Posted In: hybrid cars, consumer reports

Staples shifts strategy to selling more products online

The office-supply chain will close dozens of stores in the U.S. and Europe and increase its selling online and through mobile apps.
Posted In: staples, Amazon, online retail, mobile

As corn prices rise, farmers add candy to cows' feed

Substitutes for expensive corn feed range from the unprocessed -- straw and cottonseed hulls -- to a teenager's diet -- ice cream, chocolate and gummy worms.
Posted In: cows, corn, animal feed

FDA studies arsenic found in rice products

Arsenic occurs naturally in soil, but also comes from manure and pesticides. Rice plants absorb higher levels of arsenic than other crops.
Posted In: Food, FDA, rice

China's export strategy prompts a U.S. trade complaint

China rewards companies for exporting auto parts to other countries, so the U.S. files a complaint with the World Trade Organization, its 15th against China.
Posted In: China, trade, export, auto parts

FDA warns on anti-aging claims of cosmetics

Anti-aging creams are a growing share of the cosmetics market, but the FDA warns that if companies claim pharmaceutical benefits from their products, the FDA will review them as drugs.
Posted In: aging, makeup, cosmetics, L'Oreal

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