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.
This week in 1907, movie mogul Louis B. Mayer got his start. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back.
Some models of the Cyber-shot digital cameras distort images, while others don't take photos at all. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, this could be the start of a long Christmas season for Sony.
Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to the days of the first gas-powered "horseless motor carriage."
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days of the year for U.S. soup kitchens, but this year there's less to give thanks for. Food banks are feeling the strains of higher prices for fruits and vegetables. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to the Great Depression to find out how business changed which day we celebrate Thanksgiving.