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

Want faster internet connection? Go to the moon.

Scientists from NASA and MIT have developed a way to create a wi-fi hotspot on the moon.
Posted In: moon, wi-fi, Internet
Search engines

Data brokers set the price tag on your head

Now, the FTC wants them to give us some personal information.
Posted In: big data
Sears Canada

Oh Canada... the black hole for U.S. stores

Why has Canada proved so difficult for U.S. business?
Posted In: Canada

How much would an all-American iPhone cost?

A 100 percent U.S.-made iPhone would cost more than $2,000.
Posted In: iPhone, apple, China
Happy Meal mascot

Meet Happy! The unsettling new Happy Meal mascot

McDonald's new Happy Meal mascot: marketing fail or counter-intuitive genius?
Posted In: McDonald's, Happy Meal, marketing

Video gaming as a spectator sport

A former pro video gamer explains the market behind streaming video game play.
Posted In: call of duty, league of legends,
WIRED Business Conference: Think Bigger

Coaching the Coach

Executive coaches are a booming business... But what exactly do they do?
Posted In: executive coaching, executives, CEOs, consulting
Disappear from Google screenshot

Google vs. the 'Right to be Forgotten'

Google told Marketplace that it was disappointed in the decision.
Posted In: Google, European Union
Beats by Dr. Dre

Why Apple would want to buy Beats

Apple reportedly wants to by Beats Electronics... but it's hard to figure out why.
Posted In: apple, beats audio

Shelf vs. Script: Why Merck's offloading allergy pills

Turns out prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are two very different businesses.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, merck, bayer, prescription drugs


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