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

Janet Yellen

How the Fed became a Central Superbank

Is it a bird? Its it a plane? No! It's the Federal Reserve!
Posted In: Bankers, recession, Economy
Dollar General

Who will win the dollar store bidding war?

If you thought all dollar stores are the same, think again.
Posted In: dollar store, mergers, discount store

Weekend Brunch: Amazon v. Hachette, Axe, and Candy Crush

Zac Bissonnette and Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith wrap up the week's news.
Posted In: brunch, Amazon, Axe, marketing, Candy Crush, freemium, Opinion

PODCAST: The rise of the SWAT team

SWAT teams, frequent flier miles, and a high tech football stadium.

PODCAST: Now playing in digital

Europe's GDP, addressing employee mental health, and switching movies to digital.
JAPAN-TELECOM-COMPANY-EARNINGS-SOFTBANK

PODCAST: The biggest IPO

Amazon local register, growth in teacher aides, and Alibaba sells stock.

PODCAST: Fixing the floodgates

Payday loans, water infrastructure, and Aremnian PR.
Perseid meteor shower

PODCAST: Money in the meteorites

Amazon vs. Disney, tech lobbyists in Brussels, and meteorite money.

Can I ask you to blue sky that synergy?

The origin of business jargon, and why people use it.
Posted In: jargon, workplace culture, management, Satya Nadella
Ford

Automakers could sell 16 million cars this year. What?

That's the biggest auto sales number in eight years.
Posted In: cars, car sales, Ford, Chrysler

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