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: Investing, Wall Street
French prosecutors on the case of the trader who cost the second-largest bank in France more than $7 billion say he's a trading addict. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports the bank might have saved itself some money if its managers had just sent him on vacation.
Posted In: Economy
Americans can expect a hefty tax refund from the I.R.S. this spring, and homebuyers will have an easier time getting home loans if a proposed economic stimulus plan agreed to by the Bush administration and House Democrats is enacted. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is trying a new way of paying hospitals and doctors. Instead of paying for every hospital visit and surgery, the insurance giant is offering a flat, annual fee per patient. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.