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 leaks, nsa, Google, Facebook
President Obama is meeting with tech industry leaders this morning. One of the big issues on the table is the National Security Agency’s big surveillance program.
Posted In: FDA, Antibacterial, soap
Antibacterial products are a billion dollar industry. But the FDA is asking makers of antibacterial soap to prove their product is more effective than regular soap.
Posted In: Swiss, Banks, Credit Suisse, Tax evasion
There was a time not so long ago when if you wanted to store money somewhere, no questions asked, you’d go to Switzerland. Maybe not so much anymore.
Posted In: oranges, orange juice, Florida
A disease called greening is pushing OJ prices up and could keep pushing them up
Posted In: Lululemon, athletic wear, clothes, Retail
The yoga apparel giant appoints a new chief.
Posted In: Sysco, U.S. Foods, merger
A merger in the world of America’s food distribution behemoths.
Posted In: Agriculture, Florida, citrus, oranges, crops
Citrus greening is putting the squeeze on orange juice farmers, producers and futures traders. It's driving up OJ prices and making big changes to the business.
Posted In: financial crisis, Banks, credit unions, small banks
A House committee holds a hearing to consider the impact of post-recession reforms on small banks and credit unions.
Posted In: native ads
If you've ever found it hard to discern what’s a news story and what’s an ad on a certain website, you’re not alone.
Posted In: commodities, investment, apples
Investors who are worried about inflation have been pouring money into commodities like gold, silver and wheat. But what is a commodity, anyway? And why are they considered a good investment for inflation hawks?