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.
Posted In: too big to fail, General Electric, financial crisis, Lehman Brothers, AIG
'Too big to fail' became the signature line of the financial crisis. Five years after the crash, many big financial firms are only bigger. But one has decided it's time to shrink.
Posted In: Barack Obama, media, television
President Obama's effort to convince America to take action on Syria involves six TV appearances today and a primetime address tomorrow. What's that kind of exposure worth?
Posted In: data mining, marketing, Retail
Reporter Stacey Vanek Smith delves into the world of data mining and comes face to face with her data profile.
Posted In: financial crisis, debt downgrade, S&P
As the three main credit-rating agencies try to restore their credibility after the financial crisis, we ask: Why is S&P different?
Posted In: fast food, living wage, Labor Unions
Fast-food workers are extending their one-day strikes to 35 cities nationwide as they try to gain traction for higher wages
Posted In: Fed, QE2, Federal Reserve
A key summit of economists in Jackson Hole, Wyo., may shed more light on the Fed's plan to taper its stimulus policies.
Posted In: bank robbery, Crime
Bank robberies are definitely one of the most cinematic crimes around... but, do they pay?
Posted In: Walmart
The world's largest retailer reported quarterly sales were down and cut its profit forecast for the year. So what are consumers putting in their shopping carts and what are they leaving out?
JPMorgan is likely to settle with the SEC, but the Whale himself won't be facing any criminal charges -- for now. The Apple-Samsung patent case in front of an appeals court on Friday differs from the Apple-Samsung patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission. And, the sequester will cut K-12 school programs like special education and English-as-a-second-language.
Jobless claims hit lowest level since 2007. Yahoo is rolling out new branding ideas in the days leading up to a new logo launch next month. And, you know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.