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.

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Features by Stacey Vanek Smith

Trulia

What the Zillow-Trulia deal means for real estate

We look at the real estate business following the $3.5 billion Zillow-Trulia deal.
Posted In: zillow, real estate, business

Car companies are happy to lose money on electric cars

Why Nissan is willing to lose money on the Leaf.
Posted In: Nissan, batteries, electric car
Microsoft to layoff employees

How companies like Microsoft should handle mass layoffs

Microsoft is laying off 14 percent of its staff. But it'll be six months before the redundancy process is complete.
Posted In: layoffs, Microsoft

Lindt Chocolate just snapped up Russell Stover

But how exactly do companies find each other? And, is it love?
Posted In: chocolate, Mergers and Acquisitions, candy
Hackers

Good news for security firms: our data's not safe

Cybersecurity breaches are creating big opportunities for data security businesses
Posted In: cybersecurity, hackers, China
CitiBank

What's in a settlement?

Citigroup is rumored to be close to a $7 billion settlement with the Justice Department. How does the DOJ set its fines?
Posted In: Citigroup, fraud, Department of Justice
OpenTable

Priceline negotiates reservations

OpenTable's acquisition means rival apps could be targets of additional mergers.
Posted In: OpenTable, Priceline.com
European Central Bank

What negative interest rates mean for the Eurozone

People who save money usually get paid. Now, European banks pay for the privilege.
Posted In: European Central Bank, Europe
Steve Ballmer

The Clippers' price tag could catch on

Tech billionaire Steve Ballmer is paying an eye-watering $2 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers. Are multi-billions the new normal for sports teams?
Posted In: Steve Ballmer, Clippers

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