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.
The big studios got spurned this award season, as indie films swept the nominations for the Golden Globe Awards. What would a win mean economically for a film that doesn't necessarily have mass appeal? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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.