Amy Scott

Host & Senior Correspondent, Housing


Amy Scott is the host of “How We Survive,” Marketplace's climate solutions podcast, and a senior correspondent covering housing, climate and the economy. She is also a frequent guest host of Marketplace programs.

Since 2001, Amy has held many roles at Marketplace and covered many beats, from the culture of Wall Street to education and housing. Her reporting has taken her to every region of the country as well as Egypt, Dubai and Germany.  Her 2015 documentary film, “Oyler,” about a Cincinnati public school fighting to break the cycle of poverty in its traditionally urban Appalachian neighborhood, has screened at film festivals internationally and was broadcast on public television in 2016. She's currently at work on a film about a carpenter's mission to transform an abandoned block in west Baltimore into a community of Black women homeowners.

Amy has won several awards for her reporting, including a SABEW Best in Business podcast award in 2023, Gracie awards for outstanding radio series in 2013 and 2014 and an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting in 2012. Before joining Marketplace, Amy worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run. These days she's based in Baltimore.

Latest Stories (1,661)

The Mexico City water crisis, explained

May 27, 2024
The most populated North American metro area is facing a "Day Zero" scenario, and longstanding issues with infrastructure and water management are part of the problem.
"One of the things that really jumps out to me about Mexico City is the way this is exacerbating inequality," said Vox's Caroline Houck. "There's obvious tensions around who does get water, whose pipes regularly work, but also when they don't work, who has the money to pay for that increasingly expensive use of water."
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For retirees, homeownership may not be the asset it used to be

May 7, 2024
Paula Span of The New York Times says that these days, aging in place might feel more like being stuck in place .
Many older couples want to downsize, but in a competitive, high-priced market, moving to a smaller home can be a challenging option.
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Higher rates may not solve California's property insurance woes

May 6, 2024
With climate change hiking insurer costs, the state may allow catastrophe modeling as a stopgap, says former Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.
"As climate change  has driven more frequent and severe weather-related events, it's killing people, damaging property and causing more insurance losses," says Dave Jones, a former state insurance commissioner.
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A Baltimore trucking business adapts to port closure: "We're still here"

Apr 29, 2024
Assistance from the state and new routes have helped one company stay afloat.
Laquwan Jefferson stands next to his truck after driving to and from Norfolk, Virginia.
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SCOTUS weighs policy on policing homeless people amid a national housing shortage

Apr 22, 2024
The justices will debate if enforcing a public camping ban in Grants Pass, Oregon, violated the Eighth Amendment.
Communities are grappling with how to address record-high homelessness across the country.
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Cargo mover waits out “catastrophic” halt in Baltimore port business 

Apr 19, 2024
"It was like, 'OK, this is a horrific event. And how are we going to recover from this?'" says Dawn Speakman, founder of Drayage Solutions in Baltimore.
Crews are still working to clear the wreckage from the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore.
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Why is there so much plastic in the produce aisle?

Apr 4, 2024
Plastic packaging helps food be transported and extends its freshness. But it contributes to climate change and clogs our waterways.
Bagged salads contribute to the plastic waste stream. Americans bought $4.3 billion worth of them in 2023, says Kim Severson of The New York Times.
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The Realtors settlement could change how agents work with homebuyers

Apr 3, 2024
In a landmark settlement to several lawsuits, the National Association of Realtors could require agents and buyers to have a written agreement.
A rule change for Realtors could require buyers to pay agents directly, and that has some Realtors worried.
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Rising insurance costs are making homeownership even more expensive

Mar 21, 2024
Climate risk and inflation are making insurance harder to find and mortgages harder to afford.
The main reason for higher home insurance costs is climate change, which is increasing the frequency and severity of extreme weather events.
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Is the U.S. food safety system really all that safe?

Mar 19, 2024
The Food and Drug Administration oversees about 80% of our food supply, and facility inspections are few and far between.
Trader Joe's is known for eclectic products sourced from smaller producers. Landman says these smaller producers may not have as high quality assurance standards at their facilities, resulting in more recalls.
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