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: Health
News yesterday that a scientific study found Vioxx raised risk of heart attacks after as little as four months of use could hurt Merck's legal strategy against many Vioxx lawsuits. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
Posted In: Health
No surprise that the cost of brand-name prescription drugs is on the rise, but a new study reveals the cost has skyrocketed this year — three times faster than the rate of inflation. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Science
Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at the likely impact on Microsoft of Bill Gates' decision to relinquish day-to-day control of the software behemoth.
Posted In: Wall Street
With yesterday's favorable IPO by ethanol producer VeraSun, Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at investor enthusiasm for public offerings from other biofuel companies.
A bankruptcy court has given the thumbs-up to deals Northwest Airlines struck with pilots, baggage handlers and ground workers. But there's still no agreement with one important group of workers. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy
The White House yesterday released a rosier forecast for economic growth than originally estimated, but some economists see the glass a little differently. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Investing
A college student pleaded guilty yesterday to charges he conned investors into pouring millions into a bogus hedge fund named for the mythical architect who confounded many a Greek with his complex labyrinth. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Retail chain Target has added a new notch on its belt: a top 10 credit card. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
Posted In: Economy, Washington
They're supposed to promote home ownership through more affordable mortgages, but a Fed economist says government-sponsored lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are lining shareholder pockets instead. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington
The SEC announced yesterday it will not exempt small businesses from strict Sarbanes-Oxley accounting standards meant to prevent Enron-style fraud. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.