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.

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Features by Stacey Vanek Smith

Ford bulks up Expedition

Just when you though the age of the big SUV was over, Ford announces production of a stretch Expedition. Is this the right strategy for the ailing automaker? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Defense deals

Some big deals have going down in the defense business lately. Warship-maker General Dynamics is acquiring tech firm Anteon in a deal worth more than $2 billion. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, it's all part of a defense industry IT boom.

Chrysler improves plant

Most automotive news in the US recently has involved plant closings and layoffs. But as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, Dailmer-Chrysler has announced it's spending $1 billion to improve an aging plant in St. Louis.

Farm worker shortage

Farmers across the nation face the possibility of having to hike wages to make up for a shortage of farm laborers. Will consumers ultimately pay the price in higher food costs? Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.

Consumer borrowing to hit record highs

Consumers plan to run up their credit cards this holiday season, incurring record debt to make the holidays merry. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

USPS in the black

The United States Postal Service has announced it is going to end the year with a profit, but as Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, don't expect the post office to roll back those imminent postage increases.

Non-smoking hotels

Westin has announced plans to make all its hotels, both in the US and abroad, non-smoking. Will other hotel chains follow suit? Stacey Vanek-Smith has a look.

Voting machines

The clock is ticking for states wanting to put electronic voting machines in place. Local officials must make sure their machines meet national reliability standards by the end of this year. As Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, there are security concerns.

Wal-Mart's image problem

The retail giant's efforts to improve its image don't appear to be working. A new survey shows 56% of respondents think Wal-Mart "is bad for America." Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

More expensive credit

Credit card companies have begun to raise finance charges for unpaid balances. Stacey Vanek-Smith looks at why.

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