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

Big brother or security tool?

Many large corporations run background checks on potential hires, but now some employers are going even further. They're keeping regular tabs on their employees — long after they're hired. Sarah Gardner reports.

Foie gras flap

A California superior court judge hears arguments today in a case that tests whether the Whole Foods grocery chain can legally boycott suppliers that do business with California's only maker of foie gras. Sarah Gardner reports.

Organic powerhouse

Whole Foods has begun to flex its market muscle, using its power position to dictate fois gras policy to its suppliers. Sarah Gardner reports on how Whole Foods is becoming the organic version of Wal-Mart.

Bush takes on high gas prices

President Bush proposes to bring down the growing cost of gasoline by diverting oil tapped for reserves and streamlining the approval process for new refineries. Sarah Gardner looks at whether these steps will offer relief at the pump this summer.

L'appel de Microsoft

Software maker Microsoft goes before Europe's second highest court of appeals today to argue it didn't break European Union anti-trust laws. Sarah Gardner reports.

Lawsuit stirs renewed Teflon fears

A federal lawsuit filed in Delaware alleges that drinking water supplies near a DuPont facility in New Jersey have been contaminated with chemicals used to make Teflon. As Sarah Gardner reports, the suit may raise serious safety questions about the common household chemical.
Posted In: Health

Apple of Apple's eye

iTunes and the iPod helped boost Apple's earning 41% according to its recent quarterly report. And as Sarah Gardner reports, the company might have already its Next Big Thing to stoke even more growth.

What's a sustainable weight?

Government statistics say a full 60% of the US population weighs more than it should. The problem is particularly troubling among children. And experts warn our healthcare system won't be able to carry all that extra poundage. From the Sustainability Desk, Sarah Gardner reports.

Junk food could get held back

A bill introduced in Congress would effectively ban the sale of junk food in public schools. If approved, students might have to go someplace other than the cafeteria vending machine to get their Cheetos. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Health, Washington

The new school lunch

Federal lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation today that would set new standards for school lunches. Gone are sodas, candy bars and snack foods. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Washington

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