Stacey Vanek Smith is a senior reporter for Marketplace, where she covers banking, consumer finance, housing and advertising. She began her career with Marketplace in 2003 as an assistant producer and has worked as an editor, reporter and fills in as host on the Marketplace Morning Report. Vanek Smith is a graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature and creative writing. She holds a masters degree in French cultural studies and a masters in broadcast journalism from Columbia University. She also received a fellowship from the National Press Foundation to attend the Wharton Business Journalist Seminars in 2010. She is fluent in French and proficient in German. Vanek Smith’s work has appeared in TIME magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Boise Weekly, Idaho Weddings, Freakonomics Radio, Weekend America, The California Report and Marketplace. A native of Idaho, Vanek Smith now lives in Brooklyn. She spends most of her free time exploring the city, cooking, watching reality television and trying to decide who makes the best pizza in New York.
Yesterday Toll Brothers reported disappointing quarterly earnings. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at what's next for luxury homebuilder and the US housing market.
A federal judge yesterday ruled an insurance company could not be compelled to pay for storm-surge flood damage resulting from Hurricane Katrina. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at what the decision might mean for hundreds of similar cases.
US automakers are banking on the appeal of smaller SUV cross-over vehicles in an effort to avoid disappointing sales figures like those released yesterday. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
The Windy City is expected today to approve a new law requiring "big box" retailers like Wal-Mart to pay workers more. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A new study finds global climate change could dry up the multi-billion-dollar US wine industry. Stacey Vanek-Smith has the story.
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New job numbers were up in June, but the improvement was weaker than expected. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports that good news might be seen as bad news by inflation hawks anyway.
Three people face charges for stealing Coke's "secret recipe" and trying to sell it to Pepsi. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.