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.
Posted In: surveillance, nsa, Edward Snowden, PRISM
The public companies named in the NSA's surveillance program have shareholders, consumers and pressure to comply with government requests for information. So what pros and cons are they weighing?
Posted In: cigarettes, e-cigarettes, tobacco
E-cigarette sales are still only a fraction of the total cigarette market. But that share is growing steadily -- tobacco companies and others are taking notice.
Posted In: e-cigarettes, cigarettes
E-cigarette sales are booming. But some customers are still conflicted about smoking them, even though they lack the health and environmental hazards of tobacco.
Posted In: big data, data, Tech
According to the Chamber of Commerce, 90 percent of the world's data has been produced in the last two years. And that means, of course, that companies need a place to store it.
Posted In: tax shelter, corporate tax, apple, manhattan
Not all of Apple's untaxable billions are overseas. Some are held right here in the U.S., protected because the accounts are foreign owned. Welcome to the tax-shelter island otherwise known as Manhattan.