Elizabeth Tucker

Senior Editor, Marketplace


Elizabeth (Liza) Tucker is a former senior editor for Marketplace, covering news in the nation’s capital and managing the Washington bureau from her office in Los Angeles. On a daily basis, Tucker oversaw the coverage of what the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government are doing and how that affects people and businesses.  She has conceived and produced commentary and feature stories on subjects from whose interests poverty serves to the funding of Washington think tanks and the global race to greener economies.

Tucker joined Marketplace in 2002. Throughout her nearly decade-long tenure, Tucker served as a senior editor covering sustainability news, and as a commentary editor, pulling together both regular voices and occasional commentators. She’s also served as editor, managing and editing freelance reporters from around the country. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tucker worked as a print reporter for the Washington Post and as a Moscow freelancer for Time, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal. Tucker also has experience teaching print journalism, translating books from Russian to English and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the MacArthur Foundation regarding Russia and Eastern Europe.

In 2009, Tucker was chosen as a German Marshall Fund Fellow, which took her across Western Europe where she studied European policy regarding sustainability in both living and business practices. She’s also a recipient of a Columbia University translation award for her translation work of the Russian poet Marina Tsvetaeva. Tucker graduated from Oberlin College where she received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing and the translation of Russian poetry. She later attended Columbia University’s School of Arts and received her master’s degree in poetry. Tucker currently lives in South Pasadena, California, and enjoys hiking, power walking and reading.