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.
Home loan giant Freddie Mac has agreed to pay a record fine to settle charges that it made illegal campaign contributions. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Three of the largest beef producers in the US have been found guilty of colluding to keep beef prices artificially low to drive smaller competitors out of business. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Shares of the aircraft maker have hit records highs as orders for airplanes pick up both here and abroad. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Word that a major insurer plans to drop hurricane coverage for more than 140,000 homeowners in Florida has residents across the Gulf Coast worried that other insurers will soon follow suit. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta concludes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's investment portfolios are outsized and threaten the nation's financial system. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
This year isn't shaping up to be a Hollywood sequel to last year's anemic box office figures. Movie theater ticket sales are up more than 4% so far this year. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health
Have you ever been around someone who chews gum constantly? Do they seem happier? Healthier? Wrigley is betting millions of dollars on it. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
Posted In: Washington
There's a wide gulf between the sides in the immigration-reform battle. The House has passed legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants.Today, the Senate debates a bill that includes the immigrant-friendly guest-worker program. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.