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.
Big Blue has announced plans to freeze its pension program by 2008 and place all new employees on a 401(k) plan. The move could save the company $3 billion by 2010. Is this the wave of the future for pension plans? Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
A new tour of hurricane-devastated areas in New Orleans starts today. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at how tragedy becomes a tourist attraction.
New regulations over gas formulations are likely to push prices at the pump back toward $3 a gallon. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
With home heating costs a concern for many this year, state programs to help low-income residents pay their bills are in high demand. But as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, states may not have enough money to go around.
California's Secretary of State has refused to approve the use of electronic voting machines. He's asking for a federal review of the technology. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, that could have implications for the 30-some states using the machines.
More and more airlines are calling on lightly regulated foreign shops to maintain their aircraft. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, that's cause for concern for many.
Hoping to recapture some of the market they lost to specialty coffee retailers, grocery store coffee brands are tailoring their offerings to single-serving consumption, a la Starbucks. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Just when you though the age of the big SUV was over, Ford announces production of a stretch Expedition. Is this the right strategy for the ailing automaker? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Some big deals have going down in the defense business lately. Warship-maker General Dynamics is acquiring tech firm Anteon in a deal worth more than $2 billion. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, it's all part of a defense industry IT boom.