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: watch, smartwatch, iPhone, Google Glass
As smart phones gained popularity, people quit looking at their wrists to tell the time. But now, Samsung and Google could be about to spar over that piece of real estate.
Posted In: Facebook, instagram, social media, advertising
Instagram has come up with an obvious way to generate revenue. It's going to start including advertising in users' photo feeds.
Posted In: IPO, roadshow, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat
If Twitter’s IPO takes off, that will impact how investors view other private social media sites.
Posted In: kickstarter, crowdfunding
Investing in nascent companies has, for the most part, been the preserve of the wealthy. Until now.
Posted In: tablet wars, Apple ipad, Phablet
With new tablets from Apple, Microsoft, and Nokia, the tablet wars are moving to a new battlefield.
Posted In: farming, youth, boom, Agriculture
A strong agricultural economy has farming attracting more young people.
Posted In: farmers, farming, social media, Twitter
Farmers are using social media services like Twitter to connect with consumers and each other.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, government offices, permits
From fishermen needing permits to farmers applying for compensation for deceased cattle, people and businesses needing help from the government will form a long line around the block.
Posted In: debt ceiling, GDP, Washington D.C.
While most Americans are worried about what might happen if the U.S. defaults on its debt obligations on Thursday, many argue the damage has already been done.
Posted In: farm, corn
The near record highs for corn prices have been great economic news for Iowa towns like Hull.