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

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

A Tall or a Venti for Mother Earth?

Sarah Gardner reports on the 10-year-long struggle of coffee giant Starbucks to brew up a coffee cup that would be better for the environment.

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.


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