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.

Features By Stacey Vanek Smith

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Fast food workers of the world, unite!

Fast-food workers are extending their one-day strikes to 35 cities nationwide as they try to gain traction for higher wages
Posted In: fast food, living wage, Labor Unions
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Fun with economists at Jackson Hole, Wyo.

A key summit of economists in Jackson Hole, Wyo., may shed more light on the Fed's plan to taper its stimulus policies.
Posted In: Fed, QE2, Federal Reserve
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Whatever happened to a good old fashioned bank robbery?

Bank robberies are definitely one of the most cinematic crimes around... but, do they pay?
Posted In: bank robbery, Crime
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What's not in your cart at Walmart? Produce, electronics, toys...

The world's largest retailer reported quarterly sales were down and cut its profit forecast for the year. So what are consumers putting in their shopping carts and what are they leaving out?
Posted In: Walmart
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PODCAST: JPMorgan to settle with SEC over 'London Whale'

JPMorgan is likely to settle with the SEC, but the Whale himself won't be facing any criminal charges -- for now. The Apple-Samsung patent case in front of an appeals court on Friday differs from the Apple-Samsung patent dispute before the U.S. International Trade Commission. And, the sequester will cut K-12 school programs like special education and English-as-a-second-language.
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PODCAST: Where the federal government and drug cartels see eye to eye

Jobless claims hit lowest level since 2007. Yahoo is rolling out new branding ideas in the days leading up to a new logo launch next month. And, you know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
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Feds and Mexican drug cartels find common ground on legalized marijuana

You know who doesn't like legalized weed? The drug cartels. And the federal government.
Posted In: marijuana, war on drugs
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China's economy isn't slowing down yet

A slow and steady recovery? Good economic news from China.
Posted In: China's Economy, China
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Chips find their way from inside computers to inside your body

Does having a computer chip embedded in your brain sound like science fiction? Turns out, it's happening now and companies are figuring out how to cash in.
Posted In: robotics, implants, microchips
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PODCAST: After BP spill, Transocean still going strong

Freddie Mac just posted its second largest profit in history. The offshore-drilling giant Transocean is tied in with BP in the public imagination because of its involvement in the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe but is stronger than ever today. And, with limited maternity leave, many teachers try to have their babies during the summer break.

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