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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 (1,378)

Home Depot blames lumber prices for drop in sales

by Amy Scott Aug 20, 2019
The company says that a better price for lumber is better for business.
A customer's lumber sits on a cart at a Home Depot store on in 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The company cited lumber price deflation as a reason it trimmed its outlook for 2019.
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More people could qualify for mortgages under new rule

by Samantha Fields and Amy Scott Aug 14, 2019
The Federal Housing Finance Agency this week announced a new rule that will open up competition for which score, or scores, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac use.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Invasion of the luxury duplexes in Denver

by Amy Scott Aug 12, 2019
More density may not create more affordability.
A modern duplex in Denver towers over its neighbors.
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Home refinancing bonanza is upon us

by Amy Scott Aug 9, 2019
The average rate on a 30-year fixed loan just hit 3.6%, according to Freddie Mac. That's a three-year low.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Camping is more popular than ever, thanks to ... millennials

by Amy Scott and Daniel Shin Jul 16, 2019
Megan Barber of Curbed says there are more people camping than ever thanks to a younger, more diverse generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
Sequoias under a starry sky in Yosemite National Park, California, a popular camping destination.
David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

Screen-free parenting coaches are cropping up around the country

by Amy Scott, Andie Corban, and Sean McHenry Jul 16, 2019
Can't figure out a way to occupy your child that isn't device-based? There's a consultant for that.
Children's screen use often worries parents.
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Why the "creative class" is moving away from coastal, metropolitan cities

by Daniel Shin and Amy Scott Jul 15, 2019
Richard Florida wrote about why more "creative class" workers are moving away from coastal, metropolitan cities.
A view of Salt Lake City, Utah, which is one of the places the "creative class" is moving to.
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Why U.S. cities are making sweeping changes to residential zoning laws

by Amy Scott and Daniel Shin Jul 15, 2019
New York Times reporter Emily Badger says several cities are scrutinizing zoning laws that anything other than single-family homes.
A view of San Francisco's Victorian houses as seen in 2014.
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Rent too high? Blame zoning.

by Amy Scott Jul 10, 2019
Research finds hostility to apartments contributes to affordability crisis.
A pedestrian passes by 315 Hudson Street, where Google plans to lease office space, in the Hudson Square neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, December 17, 2018 in New York City.
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Why do foreign countries pay less than the U.S. for prescription drugs?

by Amy Scott Jul 9, 2019
The answer comes down to one key tactic: negotiation.
A pharmacy's green cross sign in Nantes, western France.
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