Sarah Gardner is a reporter on the Marketplace sustainability desk covering sustainability news spots and features. Gardner’s past projects include “Consumed,” “The Next American Dream,” “Jobs of the Future,” and “Climate Race,” to name a few. 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.  Throughout her career she’s enjoyed those light bulb moments in interviews when she gets an unexpected answer that leads to a compelling news story.  Gardner 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

Ping Fu on entrepreneurship and the resilience of the human spirit

Ping Fu talks about her rise from prisoner in communist China to CEO of tech company Geomagic.
Posted In: ping fu, 3D printing, Tech

Ringing in the New Year: So where are the jobs?

The U.S. economy adds 155,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate remains steady at 7.8 percent.
Posted In: Weekly Wrap, Jobs, Unemployment

What makes a city walkable?

According to urban planner Jeff Speck, designing cities for cars makes cities "crappy," but making a city walkable is no easy task.
Posted In: Portland, Traffic, cars, walking, city planning

What Al Jazeera needs to do to make it in the U.S.

Al Jazeera buys Current TV but will American audiences tune in?
Posted In: Al Jazeera, media, Current TV

Increase in payroll tax raises concerns for Cleveland small business owner

Steve Presser, proprietor of Big Fun toy store in Cleveland, says although the deal to avert the fiscal cliff eases uncertainty among consumers, the payroll tax increase raises a whole other list of issues.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, Small Business, payroll tax

Bank balance sheets are incomprehensible, even to experts

After the financial crisis, banks are bigger and are complying with more regulation. That means many more pages in their annual reports, but look closely, and the metrics hide straightforward information about the banks' health.
Posted In: Banks

The fiscal cliff provisions you might not have heard about

Reading the fine print of the fiscal cliff legislation passed on Jan. 1.
Posted In: fiscal cliff

What are your financial New Year's resolutions?

Saving more? Not buying your daily latte? Big or small, we want to know your financial New Year's resolutions.
Posted In: New Year, resolution

What's up, Europe? Greece, Spain and the fiscal cliff

Fiscal cliff drama is playing out on American airwaves, but are Europeans paying attention? And what advice can the cash-strapped nations of Greece and Spain offer American lawmakers?
Posted In: Whats up Europe, fiscal cliff

Plan to secure Manhattan from flooding leans on nature

After superstorm Sandy, there were several proposals about how to protect Manhattan from devastating floods in the future. One plan calls for placing water-proof vaults under the sidewalk.
Posted In: sandy, New York, manhattan

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