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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

Communities along rail lines worry about oil explosions

New shale oil fields in the middle of the country, far from pipelines, depend on rail to get to coastal refineries
Posted In: Oil, energy, shipping
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Google's start-up turn-ons: Intelligence, pushing limits and changing the world

If a start-up hopes to get Google's attention, there are a few essentials. First, be brilliant.
Posted In: Google, acquisitions, internet of things, ai, artificial intelligence

Railroads' earnings -- and their freight -- show where the economy's heading

Railroads are shipping less coal, while they're sending packed supply trains to the oil fracking fields of North Dakota.
Posted In: railroad

Hey, what a great idea! Chocolate peanut butter cups!

Why on earth would Butterfinger bring out a new product that takes on Reese's?
Posted In: Reese's, Butterfinger, candy

Taxes make your airline ticket about 20 percent more expensive

Airport officials are urging Congress to raise the cap on passenger fees from $4.50 to $8.50.
Posted In: TSA, holiday travel, Taxes

A Montana tribe encourages coal mining, for its own well-being

The Crow tribe in the Powder River Basin has one coal mine on its reservation, but poverty among tribal members remains high. The tribe would like more mining.
Posted In: coal, montana, coal mining

On the high plains, an almost invisible coal industry counts on Asia

Strip mines in the Powder Ridge Basin of Wyoming and Montana are isolated and out of sight. Their efforts to expand exports of coal to Asia are making them more visible.
Posted In: coal, energy

Oil and the race for the North Pole

Denmark and other countries are staking claims to the sea surrounding the North Pole, with an eye to oil exploration.
Posted In: north pole, Denmark, Norway, Oil, drilling

US Airways merger with American cleared for takeoff

A bankruptcy judge clears American Airlines to merge, which leaves the U.S. airline industry with three giant airline plus a few others.
Posted In: AAdvantage, Airlines, US Airways, American Airlines, merger

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