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


The tech-heavy NASDAQ dropped 23 points Wednesday for its lowest close in nearly five months. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.
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Home heating outlook

The US Department of Energy holds its annual Winter Fuels Outlook Conference today. Stacy Vanek Smith gives us a preview of their forecast.

Do you want to be a billionaire?

Forbes Magazine been asking website visitors how low they would stoop for a billion dollars. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

GPS for parolees

The Golden State on Wednesday announced plans to track parolees using satellites. Officials say the program will save the state $1 billion a year. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports

Airlines staying in the black

A few non-bankrupt airlines have managed to stall a bill in Congress that would provide special financial breaks for their counterparts in bankruptcy. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.

(Not) helping Katrina victims

The Department of Justice has issued its first indictment for Katrina-related Internet fraud, and as Stacey Vanek Smith reports, it's only the beginning.

Power couple

Over the weekend, NRG Energy purchased Texas Genco for nearly $6 billion. As Marketplace's Stacey Vanek-Smith reports, a provision of the Energy Bill made it all possible.

The big cheese at the Mouse house

After today, Michael Eisner will no longer be top dog at Disney. His successor, Bob Iger, gets the keys to a pretty healthy kingdom. Stacey Vanek Smith reports.


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