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.


Features by Stacey Vanek Smith

Long-term oil outlook

Consumers should get used to $3-plus gas prices. Crude oil prices are expected to stay high through 2007 but a new report out Wednesday suggests motorist are adapting to higher gas prices. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy

Ameriquest bows out

The nation's largest provider of sub-prime loans is laying off a third of its staff and closing more than 200 branch locations. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at why.
Posted In: Economy

Obesity fight goes high-tech

The biotech sector is working on electronic devices to curb obesity, including a so-called "gastric pacemaker" that tricks the stomach into thinking it's full. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Health

Oil's fear factor

A lot of Americans are a little poorer this week after spending massive amounts of cash at the gas station over the weekend. Stacey Vanek-Smith takes a look at what's shaking the markets.
Posted In: Canada

Move aside, Mario and Luigi

Nintendo is looking to tap into a new market: video games for grown-ups. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

CEO compensation

Shareholder watchdogs have been complaining loudly over runaway CEO compensation, but according to a new report, companies don't seem to be listening. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Freddie pays record fine

Home loan giant Freddie Mac has agreed to pay a record fine to settle charges that it made illegal campaign contributions. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Builders losing confidence

Enthusiasm among builders over the continued strength of the housing market has fallen to lows not seen since 2001. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Economy

Beef fix

Three of the largest beef producers in the US have been found guilty of colluding to keep beef prices artificially low to drive smaller competitors out of business. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

SEC has a new watchdog

Criticized for not being vigilant against investor fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission has picked a former Merrill Lynch attorney to head its investment management division. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Investing


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