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


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
Under Armour

Under Armour makes its fashion move

Under Armour signs a supermodel as it broadens its market beyond athletes.
Posted In: under armour, Sports, Modeling

LA Smog: the battle against air pollution

How can the Chinese live with terrible air pollution? One answer: Americans did.
Posted In: China, los angeles, smog, history, air pollution

Women led air pollution protests from the start

Women often partnered with scientists to make their case for cleaner air.
Posted In: los angeles, smog, environmentalists, history
Commencement ceremony at Cypress Bay High School

High-school graduation rate hits 80 percent for first time

High school graduation rates in the U.S. have reached 80 percent. What was done to raise the rate, and how valuable is the degree that more teenagers are getting?
Posted In: Education, high school, graduation

Climate change: how to talk about bad news

Talking about global warming makes people's heads explode. It's a tough subject.
Posted In: climate change, al gore, communications
Bangladesh's Shrimp Industry Accused Of Worker Exploitation

Attack of the shrimp (prices)

A bacterial infection is roiling through shrimp farms in Southeast Asia.
Posted In: shrimp, seafood


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