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

Nuclear power reconsidered

The Bush administration proposed an atomic energy partnership with Russia. The controversial program would involve recycling other countries' spent nuclear fuel. But as correspondent Sarah Gardner reports, major utility companies are beginning to push plans for new reactors in the United States.
Posted In: Economy

The cost of sick days

One survey last year calculated the annual cost of sick days at more than $600 per employee. New research suggests it's probably higher. Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports that the financial side-effects go beyond the obvious.
Posted In: Health

Preschool teacher pay

Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner looks at why preschool teachers, on average, make less money than animal trainers.

Home-grown bilingual teachers in Georgia

In Dalton, Georgia, there's a booming Latino population but a shrinking number of Spanish-speaking teachers in schools. Sarah Gardner reports about Dalton's teacher apprentice program for bilingual high school students.

Boxing Day

Many businesses have designated today as a holiday, since Christmas fell on a Sunday this year. But for our friends in Canada, as well as those in Australia and the UK, the day after Christmas is always a holiday. So how does the extra day off affect the economies of those nations that celebrate Boxing Day? Andrea Gardner explains.
Posted In: Canada

Swap Sites

If you got stuck with some Christmas gifts you don't want this year there are several options open to you. You can try returning them. You can re-gift. You can throw it in the back closet. Or you can try swapping the item online for something you REALLY want. Internet swap sites theoretically allow consumers to trade products online, but as Sarah Gardner reports, it's a tough business.

Food assistance

A new report out today finds schools don't always take advantage of federal funds to provide breakfast to poor students. Sarah Gardner reports.

Off Ramping

Many moms have taken a detour from the fast track to stay home with their kids. But what happens when they want to merge back into their career? Work and Family correspondent Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Jobs

Mo bettah sprawl?

California-based homebuilder KB Homes announced today that it's partnering with the engineering firm Shaw Group to build homes on undeveloped land near New Orleans. Sarah Gardner reports.

It's a tough job...

... and there's no one to do it. Wanted: Skilled workers. According to a study released today, the US economy has serious labor shortages in some fields. Sarah Gardner reports.

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