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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Seminoles buy Hard Rock

Florida's Seminole tribe is buying the Hard Rock brand — the famed rock-n-roll-themed cafes, a collection of memorabilia and two casino hotels — in a deal worth close to $1 billion. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Travel
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Hard Rock sold!

Florida's Seminole tribe has snapped up the famed Hard Rock chain of cafes, casinos, concert and hotel venues. And it may have been a steal, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Entertainment, Travel
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FEMA fails progress report

FEMA continues to mishandle millions of dollars in Katrina aid and has failed to recovered most of the money lost to fraudulent claims. Those are just two of the highlights in a GAO report released today, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington
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No dot-com IPO class action suit

A federal appeals court has ruled that the nation's investment banks won't have to face a huge class-action lawsuit for manipulating IPO stock prices, which means individual investors probably just lose out. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street
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Wall Street's happy. . . how 'bout you?

Productivity inched up in the third quarter while wage growth slowed and factory orders plunged. What are all these numbers really saying about the economy? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy
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SEC denies cover-up

A Senate panel is looking into allegations that the SEC fired one of its investigators to protect a prominent Wall Street executive, but critics say the agency's problems run deeper. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington
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History of joining unions

Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to this week in 1955, when the AFL and CIO clasped hands.
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Pfizer fizzles

Drug giant Pfizer halted development of its most promising experimental drug after more than 80 people died during test trials. This is a major setback for the company, Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health
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Weak dollar fallout

The dollar was trading at a 20-month low against the euro this morning. So you'll shell out some serious dough on your next European vacation, but what else does a dropping dollar mean? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy
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Enron's historic crash

This week in 2001, one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history was launched. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes us back to the energy giant's precipitous fall.
Posted In: Wall Street

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