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.


Features by Sarah Gardner

Carbon disclosure

Shareholders of more than two dozen companies are concerned with more than just profits this year. They are wrestling with questions of climate change, and they want some answers. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Investing

Just Say No

Have you ever made a bet that changed the direction of your life? A group of friends have taken a vow of consumer celibacy: no new products for an entire year. From the Sustainability desk, Sarah Gardner reports.

Suing for a man's right to choose

A men's group filed suit in federal court today, pressing the case for a father's right not to pay support for a child he never wanted. Sarah Gardner reports that winning the case will be a long shot, but that wasn't really why it was filed, anyway.

Scientist... Not!

This week, President Bush signed a nuclear agreement with India. The deal calls for American technological investment and expertise. But, finding the next generation of American engineers could be an uphill battle. Sarah Gardner reports.
Posted In: Housing

Math and science

A Senate subcommittee listened to a report on boosting American students' interest and knowledge of science and engineering today. This is part of President Bush's larger plan to increase American competitiveness and keep technological rivals China and India at bay. But in many schools across America, it's an uphill battle. Sarah Gardner reports.

Windy Lady Liberty

Starting this month, the Statue of Liberty will be lit exclusively by wind power. And as Sarah Gardner reports, it'll cost the government more than if it used conventional energy.

California's carbon cap-and-trade

The Golden State plans to limit carbon emissions from private utilities and open a carbon market where companies can buy and sell carbon credits. As Sarah Gardner reports, California is the largest in a growing number of states experimenting with cap-and-trade.

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.


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