Amy Scott is Marketplace’s education correspondent. In addition to covering the K-12 and higher education beats, she files general business and economic stories for Marketplace programs and, drawing from her experience covering finance in New York.

Scott 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, Scott 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. She is now based in Baltimore.

In 2012 Scott 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. The stories led U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings to call for hearings on the conduct of for-profit colleges in the United States. Scott also won a Gracie Allen Award for feature reporting in 2006.

Before joining Marketplace, Scott worked as a reporter in Dillingham, Alaska, home to the world’s largest wild sockeye salmon run. She spends much of her free time exploring Maryland’s hiking trails or playing various musical instruments. She is a long-time student and performer of Javanese gamelan music.

A native of Colorado Springs, Colo., Scott 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.


Features by Amy Scott

Thousands of former students apply for debt relief

A little-known provision of federal law may offer widespread loan forgiveness
Posted In: student loans, for-profit colleges, Corinthian Colleges

Facebook's skyrocketing profits

Facebook, Visa, and bookstores.

Foreign students with temporary work permits get an extension

Government rules that let students gain experience in the STEM fields are in flux.
Posted In: foreign students, Optional Practical Training, tech workers

What is a stock market correction, anyway?

Until recently, pullbacks were a normal part of the market.
Posted In: stock market, correction

Apollo Education Group may change hands

The University of Phoenix owner could be taken private.
Posted In: for-profit colleges, University of Phoenix, Apollo
 A styrofoam take-out container is viewed in a trash can in New York City.

"Styrofoam" bans expand as plastic falls out of favor

Washington, D.C. becomes the latest city to outlaw polystyrene food containers.
Posted In: styrofoam, food industry, Environment

What to expect from new education chief John King

The former education commissioner of New York State has a battle-scarred past.
Posted In: U.S. Department of Education, John King, arne duncan

Our top 10 education stories of 2015

Studying abroad and AP testing drew the most readers.
Posted In: LearningCurve, Education, 2015

Why Carl Icahn wants to pay $1 billion for Pep Boys

Auto parts and service companies are cashing in on an aging vehicle fleet.
Posted In: auto parts, Carl Icahn, Pep Boys

New FAFSA rules should make process less stressful

Using older tax data means financial aid offers will arrive sooner.
Posted In: fafsa, financial aid, college


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