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

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.


The SEC is considering a rule change that would allow companies to use e-mail to send proxy statements to shareholders. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Tackling illegal immigration

President Bush is touring the Southwest this week talking about his policy on illegal immigration. Yesterday he stopped in Tucson, and today it's on to El Paso. His message? It's the economy, stupid. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Canada

Nick & Jessica end their merger

What ever will happen to Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey's careers, now that their marriage is breaking up? Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Have your people ping my people

More and more, instant messaging is competing with e-mail as the medium of choice for colleagues to communicate with each other at work. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Leery of online banking

As instances of online theft increase, more and more bank customers are getting nervous about conducting transaction over the Internet. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

Bosses in the blogosphere

Despite the fact workers are wasting a lot of time reading blogs, a new study finds that CEOs like them. Stacey Vanek Smith explains.

The drug companies and the deep blue sea

With profits plunging in the pharmaceutical industry and r&d costs on the rise, companies are looking for the next big drug. As Stacey Vanek Smith reports, they're starting to get their sea legs.


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