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

Hedge Funds Drop

Investments in hedge funds have dropped while the purchase of junk bonds has increased. What's going on? Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

"Livestrong" lawsuit

Lance Armstrong and his charitable foundation have won a court case that allows them to stop internet sites reselling his trademark yellow bracelets for profit. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.

You've come a long way, baby Bells

The FCC gave the go-ahead Monday to mergers between SBC and ATT and between Verizon and MCI. What's all this consolidation going to mean for consumers? Stacey Vanek Smith has the answer.

Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

Congress wants to tighten supervision over the government's mammoth mortgage lenders. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Economy, Washington

Earnings report card

The earnings season is more than half way through, but already the lessons of the third quarter are clear. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

Ford's troubles

Ford's Q3 numbers weren't as bad as GM's, but a $284 million loss still isn't good. Now the company has announced it will launch a major restructuring in January. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Debt is bad, but that's not all

New York Fed President Timothy Geithner warned Wednesday that America's budget deficit could hamper future economic growth. But Stacey Vanek Smith reports that there's more to the story.
Posted In: Economy

IBM: still in the game

IBM, the granddaddy of the tech industry, beat Wall Street's expectations in the third quarter, bucking a disappointing tech trend. Stacey Vanek Smith looks at why.

Any hope for New Orleans small business?

More than 20 percent of business getting loans from SBA in the wake of Sept. 11 defaulted, according to a report out this week. The standard default rate is 5 percent. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

Refco in trouble

After going public just two months ago, the futures trading giant has shut down one of its units due to a cash shortage. And that's not all. Marketplace's Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
Posted In: Wall Street


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