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

Safeguarding your financial identity

A House Committee approved a bill that would protect consumers from security breaches that compromise their personal information. Those laws currently vary from state to state. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

FCC enforces decency rules

Ever since the Janet Jackson breast exposure at the Super Bowl, the Federal Communications Commission has been promising a crackdown. Yesterday, it delivered, with nearly $4 million in fines. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Google fights search seizures

Google seems to be have no fear about taking on the government. Today, the search engine does battle with the Justice Department at a hearing in California. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Washington

Fourth quarter Hail Mary

In a bid to get its labor house in order, the NFL has delayed the start of free agency. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Sports

Amazon's new niche

Forget books and music; Amazon's now looking to be an online purveyor of haute couture. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Dr. Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart will be expanding its health insurance program, covering the children of part-timers and reducing the waiting period for coverage eligibility. They'll also be opening cheap clinics in some stores. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, businesses across the US are watching.
Posted In: Health

Union vacation

The nation's largest public employees union has launched a novel program to recruit union organizers: Convince college students to spend spring break training in Detroit, Albany, or Oakland. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Pharmaceutical goodwill ambassadors

Many sales reps for GlaxoSmithKline will now take on the added duty of goodwill ambassador for the drug industry. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Health

Flood insurance going under?

Congress, for the third time, has allowed the federal flood insurance program to increase borrowing to pay claims associated with Hurricane Katrina. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

FBI searches foreign cargo terminals

Just a day after the World Trade Organization gave the European Union a green light to impose sanctions on some US exports, FBI agents searched the Chicago cargo terminals of two foreign airlines on grounds of possible "anti-competitive" behavior. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Posted In: Economy


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