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

A bounce for Boeing

Shares of the aircraft maker have hit records highs as orders for airplanes pick up both here and abroad. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Hurricane insecurity

Word that a major insurer plans to drop hurricane coverage for more than 140,000 homeowners in Florida has residents across the Gulf Coast worried that other insurers will soon follow suit. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Fannie and Freddie are too fat, study says

A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta concludes Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's investment portfolios are outsized and threaten the nation's financial system. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

Box office rebound

This year isn't shaping up to be a Hollywood sequel to last year's anemic box office figures. Movie theater ticket sales are up more than 4% so far this year. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

<i>Chomp, chomp, snap</i> . . . Is gum good for health?

Have you ever been around someone who chews gum constantly? Do they seem happier? Healthier? Wrigley is betting millions of dollars on it. Stacey Vanek-Smith explains.
Posted In: Health

Immigration battle lines are drawn

There's a wide gulf between the sides in the immigration-reform battle. The House has passed legislation that would criminalize illegal immigrants.Today, the Senate debates a bill that includes the immigrant-friendly guest-worker program. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Microsoft shakeup

The man who helped develop many of Microsoft's popular Office products has been tapped to head the troubled unit responsible for creating new versions of Windows operating platforms. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Going after Colombia's cocaine trade

The Department of Justice has indicted 50 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. The group started out trying to overthrow the government, but now it's mostly running the country's cocaine trade. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Canada

Listening for hints from Fed chair

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave one of his first public speeches last night. He didn't tip his hand much on interest rates. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Wall Street

Sprint goes after private investigators

Sprint Nextel has filed a lawsuit against a small private investigation firm in Florida. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports that these guys are a far cry from the romantic P.I. world of Sam Spade.


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