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.

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Features by Stacey Vanek Smith

Affordable Care Act needs traction with minorities

The Affordable Care Act continues to encounter traction issues. One big problem: the administration’s apparent failure to connect meaningfully with minorities
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA

The real cost of Valentine's Day

Or, you could opt to spend no money, but...
Posted In: valentine, Valentine's Day, chocolate, flowers, marriage

You said you wanted your chocolate to be rich ...

Why the price of everyone's favorite Valentine's Day gift is on the rise.
Posted In: Valentine's Day, chocolate

Study casts doubt on value of mammograms

But years of awareness campaigns and PSAs have patients asking for them, and doctors prescribing
Posted In: mammograms, health care, cancer, cancer screening

Why Apple is taking a page from self-help books

Apple has purchased $14 billion of its own shares
Posted In: Apple ipad, apple

What exactly is a market correction?

The markets have fallen about 7 percent. So now what?
Posted In: stock market, correction

After 10 years of reminding you of other people's birthdays...

The Facebook newsfeed celebrates one of its own. Which product changed the news business forever?
Posted In: Facebook, birthdays, newsfeed

Coffee prices are down, but your latte's still expensive. Here's why.

When commodity prices go up, retail prices generally do too. When commodity prices go down, retail prices... seem to stay the same. What's going on?
Posted In: coffee, commodity

Amazon Prime: an expensive cash cow

Amazon is wrestling with its Prime program. The membership club brings in lots of loyal customers, but also costs it lots of money.
Posted In: Amazon Prime

The United States of new shoes

The U.S. economy showed some solid growth last quarter -- mostly because American consumers were spending more
Posted In: Economy, consumer goods, shoes

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