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

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

Coffee's cheap right now, and you should be worried

Coffee prices are near historic lows, but consumers aren't seeing the we're not seeing that's just setting us up for high prices.
Posted In: coffee, commodities

Happy 5th anniversary, bull market?

The fifth anniversary of the markets’ bull run will soon be upon us. On the principle “all good things come to an end,” is it time to expect a correction?
Posted In: bull market

Why it's hard to charge $40 for a pork chop

Pork prices have been high, but people still crave bacon.
Posted In: pork, bacon


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