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

Which spies scare you more?

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: nsa, Target, cybersecurity

Why the demise of brick and mortar stores may not be such a big deal for the economy

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: Retail, Best Buy, JC Penney

Neiman Marcus, like Target, reveals credit card hack

How do companies decide whether and how to reveal details of data breaches to the public?
Posted In: Target credit cards, credit hack

If the unemployment rate drops below 7 percent...

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: unemployment rate

We've come a long way, baby

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: smoking, cigarettes

Do people still try to 'Buy American?'

Fiat is set to acquire full-control of Chrysler in a $4.35 billion deal.
Posted In: Fiat, Chrysler, Rust Belt

How do I make sure I stick to my resolution?

If you have to make one financial New Year’s resolution, what should it be?
Posted In: Personal Finance, New Year's resolutions

How Florida's orange farmers are fighting back

As a virulent disease devastates Florida's citrus crops, two farms innovate.
Posted In: oranges, OJ, commodities

No banks have opened in 3 years ... until now

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: Banks

Another Obamacare rule eased before deadline

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.
Posted In: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, health insurance


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