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

Bloated auto inventories

Detroit releases its auto sales figures for October today. They're likely to show an increase, But showrooms still have a lot of inventory on their hands. Sarah Gardner reports.

Keeping biotech in California

A new study shows California is the center of the global biotech industry, but the Golden State can't take that designation for granted, Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health

An Intel turnaround?

Analysts will be looking at today's third quarter earnings report for signs that the Intel's restructuring plans are starting to bear fruit. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Clearance sale: Baja Fresh goes for $31 million

Wendy's announced today it's selling the Mexican grill chain to a group of investors for the bargain price of about $31 million — a fraction of the $275 million the burger chain paid for it in 2002. Sarah Gardner asks how Baja Fresh went stale.

Putting dollars behind those green ambitions

It's easy to say you support the environment, but will Californians put their money where their mouths are? The state is trying to build a million solar roofs by 2017. Sarah Gardner reports.

DuPont's getting greener

One of the largest chemical companies in the world, DuPont today announced it is doubling its R&D investment in green products and setting new sales goals for eco-friendly products. Sarah Gardner reports.

FCC reconsiders media mergers

The Federal Communications Commission convenes a public hearing in Los Angeles today as part of efforts to revise rules over media consolidation in local markets.

Branson's burning with ideas

The Virgin head says airlines could cut pollution and help in the effort against global warming if they would adopt his proposals. Sarah Gardner reports.

Google issues power supply challenge

Search leader Google today urged the high-tech industry to stop wasting so much energy, calling on computer-makers to come up with a more efficient standard power supply for PCs. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Science

Redstone takes a pay cut

Viacom CEO Sumner Redstone will lose half his salary and cash bonuses, the company reported Monday. But some don't think that's going far enough. Sarah Gardner reports.

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