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.

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Features by Sarah Gardner

Landmark environmental law under threat in California

Golden State legislators are voting on whether to weaken a key law protecting the environment. Many say the law has been abused.
Posted In: california, Environment

Why trouble in little Syria has a big effect on oil markets

Syria doesn't produce much oil. But the Middle Eastern country's issues are having a big effect on the market for crude.
Posted In: syria, Oil

Chickenomics and the offshoring of your nuggets

The economics behind shipping chicken carcasses to China for processing: it keeps open the China market for chicken feet.
Posted In: McDonald's, chicken processing

KitKat: Break me off a piece of that Google Android

Hardly anyone cares what Google calls its operating system’s iterations, but the tech giant still had to license the brand-name candy bar.
Posted In: android, Google, Kit Kat

Japan's latest Fukushima fix: 'Game of Thrones'-like?

Japan's latest response to the Fukushima radiation leak sounds like science fiction: A wall of ice. Ice walls are common in tunneling; it's the radiation that makes this job different.
Posted In: Fukushima, tsunami, nuclear radiation, Japan

5 tips to succeed in small claims court

Small claims court is a system designed to help people resolve their disputes over money. Here's what you should know to win your case.
Posted In: courts, small claims court, legal

Big changes coming for gay couples' personal finances

The Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage this week mean gay couples have new legal territory to consider when it comes to merging their financial lives.
Posted In: gay marriage, gay rights

The Nook, Barnes & Noble's tablet, struggles

Barnes & Noble is setting its Nook tablet free to focus on the more popular e-reader.
Posted In: Nook, nook tablet, Nook Color, Barnes & Noble

Taco Bell menu goes healthy, with protein

The fast-food franchise is looking to double the meat in its menu items.
Posted In: Taco Bell, fast food

Death of tourists also a blow to Pakistan's economy

Pakistan's tourism economy could be further in jeopardy after the attack and murder of mountain climbers.
Posted In: Pakistan, tourism

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