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.


Features by Sarah Gardner

When the Hunt brothers bought up silver in 1979, a craze - and then a financial debacle - resulted. Speculators rushed in, families sold their silverware or in some cases, had it stolen.

The oil man who caused a silver craze - and bust

Nelson Bunker Hunt bought silver as a hedge against the time's raging inflation
Posted In: silver, Hunt brothers, silver market, precious metals

In dry California, using price to police water use

California cities don't like the word "rationing," but "pricing" can serve the same purpose.
Posted In: water use, California drought 2014, fees

What it takes to make all hospitals Ebola-ready

Training will be costly, but not all hospital staff need the training.
Posted In: Ebola, Ebola training, texas, CDC

Most seniors aren't saving enough for retirement

Seniors in 49 states don’t have the money to replace their pre-retirement income.
Posted In: Retirement, retirement planning

CEO tries to reset General Motors' brand

Mary Barra promises higher profits, but also better cars.
Posted In: Mary Barra, GM, car recalls

California tries to grow olive oil industry

California has new standards for olive oil produced in the state.
Posted In: olive oil, california, italy

Wal-Mart: From 'low prices' to fast banking

Wal-Mart will now provide checking accounts with no minimum balance or fees.
Posted In: Walmart, checking account, banking

Once upon a time, inflation really was high

Warnings about letting inflation loose stem from the 1970s and '80s.
Posted In: inflation, Federal Reserve

You'll be amazed at how big Kroger is

Kroger, known for groceries, is one of the biggest retail chains in the world.
Posted In: grocery store, retailer, hiring

What $500 million buys for the Syrian opposition

What does that money buy, and how do you know you're not equipping the wrong people?
Posted In: ISIL, syria, military, Congress


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