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Amy Scott

Senior Correspondent, Housing

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Amy Scott is Marketplace’s senior correspondent covering housing and the economy and a frequent guest host of our programs. She's based in Denver.

From 2010 to 2018 Amy was Marketplace's education correspondent, covering the business of education from pre-K-12 through higher ed and its role in economic mobility. In 2015, Amy completed the documentary film OYLER, about a Cincinnati public school fighting to break the cycle of poverty in its traditionally Urban Appalachian neighborhood. The film grew out of the year-long Marketplace series “One School, One Year,” which won a 2014 Gracie Award. OYLER has screened at film festivals around the country and was broadcast on public television in 2016.

In 2012, Amy and Marketplace China correspondent Rob Schmitz won a national Edward R. Murrow award for their investigation of agencies that place Chinese students in U.S. colleges. Their work also won first prize for investigative reporting from the Education Writers Association. Other honors include a 2010 National Headliner Award and a special citation from the Education Writers Association for an investigation of recruiting abuses at the University of Phoenix, co-reported with Sharona Coutts of ProPublica.

Amy joined Marketplace as a production assistant in September 2001, moving in 2002 to Washington, D.C., as a staff reporter. From 2003 to 2010, she reported from Marketplace’s New York bureau, focusing on the culture of Wall Street, and becoming bureau chief in 2008. In addition to leading Marketplace’s New York coverage of the financial crisis, Amy hit the road for two cross-country trips, exploring how Americans experienced the fallout. In 2008, she produced stories for Marketplace’s remote broadcasts from Egypt and Dubai for the “Middle East @ Work” series. In 2009, she spent a month reporting in Germany as a McCloy Fellow. Amy also won a Gracie Allen Award for feature reporting in 2006.

Before joining Marketplace, Amy worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run. A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Amy has a bachelor’s degree in history from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied documentary filmmaking.

Latest Stories from Amy (1,361)

The push for rent control grows beyond big cities

by Amy Scott Jun 13, 2019
More than half of renters around the country pay more for housing than what's considered affordable.
Lawmakers in New York state are expected to approve a package of rent reforms before existing regulations expire on Saturday.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Instant offers create a new kind of seller's market for homeowners

by Amy Scott Jun 12, 2019
Some would rather sell for less than go through the hassle and expense of selling a house the traditional way.
Renee Williams' former house, now owned by Zillow, in Parker, Colorado.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

How we define affordable housing "makes absolutely no sense"

by Amy Scott Jun 5, 2019
How did 30% of income become the accepted benchmark?
Starrett City, a 46-building housing complex, is pictured in Brooklyn, New York, in 2018.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

What Blackstone's purchase of $18 billion worth of warehouse space tells us about e-commerce.

by Amy Scott Jun 3, 2019
For online retailers, urban warehouses are the key to same-day delivery.
Packages are prepared for delivery at a warehouse in 2014.
Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Where have all the condos gone?

by Amy Scott May 31, 2019
These days, builders prefer more lucrative apartments and townhouses.
A new development in Denver will feature 120 condos, at an average price of $440,000.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

More home sellers being forced to cut prices

by Amy Scott May 28, 2019
According to Zillow, about 15% of listings had a price cut in April. That's up from 12% a year ago.
A reduced price sign sits in front of a house in Glendale, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

The SAT adds a new score: adversity

by Amy Scott May 16, 2019
It's an effort to keep the test relevant as schools try to improve their diversity.

With mortgage delinquencies at a low, can lenders afford to loosen up a bit?

by Amy Scott May 14, 2019
Consumer advocates say it's time to loosen restrictions imposed after the housing collapse.
A foreclosure sign.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Why housing is more expensive for earners at the bottom of the income ladder

by Liz Sanchez and Amy Scott May 13, 2019
A study explores the relationship between housing markets and income inequality.
Stephen Brashear/Getty Images for Redfin

When stories, rather than things, 'spark joy'

by Amy Scott and Bennett Purser May 13, 2019
Journalist Ann Friedman on finding the Holy Grail of estate sales and how possessions help to tell stories.
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