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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Producers of a new documentary on the creationism-evolution debate in academia hope it can succeed at the box office like Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." Stacey Vanek-Smith reports on the marketing efforts for the film "Expelled."
Posted In: Economy, Housing, Investing
It's not just wannabe homebuyers who are keeping an anxious eye on the real estate market. State pension funds lost billions when the subprime loan crisis hit and the market collapsed. But now they smell a bargain and they're getting back into the game. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
China's biggest bank will sell more than $1 billion in bonds, backed by Chinese corporate loans, to fellow Chinese banks. It's good timing, with U.S. banks in disarray, but Chinese corporations aren't as transparent as their Western counterparts. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.