Sarah Gardner is a reporter with Marketplace's 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. Sarah began her career at Marketplace as a freelancer and was hired as business editor and backup host to David Brancaccio in the mid ’90s.

Prior to her work at Marketplace, Sarah 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 Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award (1996 – 1997) and a George Foster Peabody Award, the oldest and most prestigious media award (2000).

Sarah 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., Sarah resides in Los Angeles.


Features by Sarah Gardner

'Green chemistry' hitting the market

Decades of toxic spills and pollution have caused a backlash against the notion that chemistry can improve daily life, but "green chemistry" is catching on — even in big business labs. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Science

A mom's road back to work is often bumpy

Harvard Business Review says the average mom loses 37% of her earning power, if she takes off three or more years. Sarah Gardner reports the road back onto the career track has a few potholes.

Pesticide pioneers

Biopesticides are the fastest-growing segment of the pesticide market, touted as a less toxic alternative. One California company is determined to show that "nature's chemistry" can make least, one day. Sarah Gardner reports.

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.


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