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

Administration opposes farm subsidies

In a move sure to rankle Farm Belt lawmakers, President Bush called agricultural subsides harmful to small farmers and American competitiveness. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

Google Desktop?

Google's taken a shot at Microsoft's dominance of the software market with the search engine's announcement that it was working with Dell to offer Google-powered desktop software on new computers. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

World's biggest cruise ship

Royal Caribbean International has ordered up the world's largest ocean liner. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at what's behind the move.

Superbowl ads

We probably don't have to tell you there was a football game last night. Some people actually watched the play, but then there were those of us who were more interested in the ads, such as Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith.
Posted In: Sports

Mining woes in West Virginia

The governor of West Virginia called for all mines to cease operations in his state following two more mining deaths yesterday. The governor wants all mines to pass safety inspections before work resumes. And as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, a shut down would cost the state's mining industry millions.

The bloom is off Jet Blue

The hip air carrier with leather seats and individuals TVs has long been considered a model for the struggling legacy carriers to pattern themselves after. But as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, Jet Blue's star has fallen with its recent earnings report.

The Bank of eBay?

Think eBay is just an online auction site? Think again. It also happens to be a money-market manager with assets of $500 million, thanks its PayPal electronic payment service. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, the eBay money market fund pays one of the highest yields in the industry.
Posted In: Wall Street

Hungry piggy banks

The savings rate among Americans is the lowest it's been since the Great Depression, according to the Commerce Department. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy

Cyber security

As many as 26 states are lobbying the federal government for funds to shore up cyberspace against possible terrorist hacking and sabotage. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Paying the piper

Holiday credit card bills are starting to land in mailboxes across the country this week, and as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, many cardholders are in for a surprise.


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