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: nsa, Target, cybersecurity
The NSA announcement is sucking up a lot of the oxygen today. But what should we be more worried about: the government holding data – or the likes of Target?
Posted In: Retail, Best Buy, JC Penney
It sounds cold-blooded, but with shopping habits changing fast, the demise of the brick and mortar store may not matter much to the economy in the long run.
Posted In: Target credit cards, credit hack
How do companies decide whether and how to reveal details of data breaches to the public?
Posted In: unemployment rate
The unemployment number has to fall further for the Fed to feel it's safe to start withdrawing extraordinary support from the economy.
Posted In: smoking, cigarettes
50 years ago this week, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a report that linked smoking to lung cancer. A look at how that affected the industry and where we are now.
Posted In: Fiat, Chrysler, Rust Belt
Fiat is set to acquire full-control of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion deal.
Posted In: Personal Finance, New Year's resolutions
If you have to make one financial New Year’s resolution, what should it be?
Posted In: oranges, OJ, commodities
As a virulent disease devastates Florida's citrus crops, two farms innovate.
Posted In: Banks
After years of no banks opening, the first one opened its doors a few weeks ago--but this isn't your ordinary bank.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, health insurance
The White House has announced that it will let some of the 5 or 6 million people who lost their health insurance because of federal requirements, enroll in so-called catastrophic health care plans.