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: iPhone, apple, China
A 100 percent U.S.-made iPhone would cost more than $2,000.
Posted In: McDonald's, Happy Meal, marketing
McDonald's new Happy Meal mascot: marketing fail or counter-intuitive genius?
Posted In: call of duty, league of legends, twitch.tv
A former pro video gamer explains the market behind streaming video game play.
Posted In: executive coaching, executives, CEOs, consulting
Executive coaches are a booming business... But what exactly do they do?
Posted In: Google, European Union
Google told Marketplace that it was disappointed in the decision.
Posted In: apple, beats audio
Apple reportedly wants to by Beats Electronics... but it's hard to figure out why.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, merck, bayer, prescription drugs
Turns out prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are two very different businesses.
Posted In: cybersecurity, anti-virus software, security breach
The demise of anti-virus software.
Posted In: lime shortage, lemons
Cinco de Mayo is here and be prepared to pay big for margaritas and guacamole this year.
Posted In: China, shrimp, Silicon Valley, homelessness
A disease ravaging shrimp is pushing up prices for the small shellfish. And a look at homelessness in Silicon Valley.