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.

Features By Stacey Vanek Smith

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Yahoo earnings out today

Today's edition of the Microsoft-Yahoo saga features quarterly earnings from Yahoo. If Yahoo comes out ahead, it has ammo against Microsoft's takeover bid. If not...? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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Teens have to hustle for summer work

Teens are going to have a tough time landing a summer job this year. They'll be competing with laid-off workers for the food service or retail work teens typically sign up for over summer vacation. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Jobs
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Social networks still looking for profits

Social networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are all the rage, but nobody has any idea how to make money off of them. Are they the Google of the future, or just the newest examples of that old Internet bubble? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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Report: Merck writers did Vioxx papers

An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims some of Merck's academic reports on the arthritis drug Vioxx were written by company employees, and doctors were paid to put their names on the research. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health
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Online advertising expected to take off

The global ad and technology conference, Ad Tech, kicked off in San Francisco today, and online ads are being discussed. Online advertising is only about 7% of total advertising, but expect that to change. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Science
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Luring filmmakers with tax incentives

The Canadian dollar's increase against the U.S. dollar has fewer filmmakers crossing the border to save a buck. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports that some states are using tax incentives to grab some of the production business.
Posted In: Entertainment
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Why do illegal immigrants pay taxes?

It's tax time. Most of us wince when we see how much tax the government has taken. But imagine if you don't get any benefits from paying taxes. A lot of illegal immigrants are in that position. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Taxes
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Rising prices a supermarket challenge

Americans' grocery bills are heading up at the fastest rate in almost 20 years, which poses a problem for supermarkets with razor-thin profit margins. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Consolidate debt, then budget

Consolidating credit-card debt with a reputable company and getting a lower fixed rate can be a good idea. But many people then end up deeper in debt. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Savings
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Is film's marketing intelligently designed?

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: Entertainment

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