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

Michael Jackson

Jackson estate success is a thriller

Michael Jackson's estate has done a big turnaround. Before his death it was a mess; now it's making millions.
Posted In: Michael Jackson

America's game of chicken

For the first time in 100 years, Americans are eating more chicken than beef.
Posted In: chicken, beef

Oprah and Starbucks are teaming up to make tea.

OprahBucks: It's happening, and Stacey has some feelings.
Posted In: starbucks, Oprah

Need money for school? Sue Google

A group of students sues Google for reading their emails.
Posted In: Google, students, learning, college

Wal-Mart will buy your used video games now

Wal-Mart has entered the booming used game market
Posted In: Walmart, video games

Quizzes are free data mining tools for brands

An online Game of Thrones quiz got a million online hits for HBO.
Posted In: buzzfeed, digital media, quiz

St. Patrick O'Nomics

Businesses are making a lot of green this St. Patrick's Day
Posted In: st. patrick's day, beer

Obama pushes for more overtime pay

Wages haven’t really increased in the last 20 years--a look at how and why companies are keeping wages low
Posted In: overtime, minimum wage

Changing fraternity culture: A business question

After a string of deaths, elite fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon eliminates pledging all together.
Posted In: fraternities

Companies are falling over themselves to go public

Companies are selling shares at the fastest pace since 2007.
Posted In: stock market, IPOs, public offering


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