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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

Eco-friendly small-town America

Small cities are demanding higher energy efficiency standards and not just in "green" pockets of the country like California or the Pacific Northwest. Sarah Gardner visits one such town, deep in the heart of Red America.

US mayors making good on Kyoto

Hundreds of US mayors have signed on to combat global warming in their cities. Sarah Gardner travels to one small Texas town to see how it is working to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Cost of rolling blackouts

California officials warn of possible rolling blackouts if the current heat wave pushes energy use beyond supply capacity. Sarah Gardner takes a look at the economic toll the last time the Golden State faced rolling blackouts.

Business reacts to pension reform

Many companies support Congressional efforts to reform the private pension system. They just want a few things in return, Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Washington

Stem cell bill

The Senate today begins debate on a bill that could open the door for more federal funding of stem cell research. But President Bush has vowed to stamp his first-ever veto on the legislation. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

Storm insurance on trial

Much is at stake in the first trial into whether insurance companies are responsible for the flood and storm-surge damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. Sarah Gardner has more.

Quest for the Holy Grail of coffee cups

Every week 30 million-plus people grab coffee at Starbucks. That's a lot of cups. This spring, the company introduced a cup made with 10% post-consumer recycled fiber, the first of its kind. Sarah Gardner tells the tale.

It's unanimous: Employers liable for retaliation

The Supreme Court today made it easier for companies to be found guilty of retaliation. The 9-0 ruling shifted new power to employees, but critics fear it will simply encourage more lawsuits. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Washington

New stop on the hydrogen highway

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger dreams of a hydrogen highway linking Los Angeles and San Francisco. But there are a few roadblocks in the way — like the lack of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Sarah Gardner reports.

Bayou enters Chapter Eleven

Bayou Management made headlines last fall when its founder and CFO came out of hiding and admitted he defrauded investors. Sarah Gardner reports on what the bankruptcy of the hedge fund means to the industry.
Posted In: Investing

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