Amy Scott is Marketplace’s senior 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.

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. She is now based in Baltimore.

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. The stories led U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings to call for hearings on the conduct of for-profit colleges in the United States. 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.


Features by Amy Scott

Supreme Court upholds race-conscious admissions plan

Relatively few colleges explicitly consider race in admissions. Will that change?
Posted In: college admissions, affirmative action, University of Texas

Fraud in the Medicaid system

Homebuilders, criminal background checks, and a Connecticut submarine project.
Skills instilled during early childhood are crucial for long-term success, writer Paul Tough says.

Why perseverance and curiosity are just as important as 'academic' skills

Writer Paul Tough joins us to talk about his new book "Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why."
Posted In: children, success, School

'Top 10 percent' rule for college admissions faces a new challenge

University of Texas pushes back against a law aimed at increasing diversity.
Posted In: University of Texas, affirmative action, diversity

Home sales may be turning around

The relationship between the U.S. and Vietnam, home sales, and child care.

Employers team up to address inequality in Baltimore

Johns Hopkins initiative aims to bring more jobs to distressed neighborhoods.
Posted In: Baltimore, Johns Hopkins, Freddie Gray

April jobs report shows weak growth

April's jobs report, money laundering, and lead contamination.

The 'gap year' grows in popularity

Malia Obama's decision to take a year off before Harvard gives the industry a boost.
Posted In: Gap Year, Malia Obama, college
Adapt Pharma is offering a free carton of Narcan Nasal Spray to all high schools in the U.S.

Irish pharma firm offers overdose drugs to schools

The overdose drug Narcan keeps people alive until emergency services arrive.
Posted In: School, drugs, overdose, narcan
A man walks past a mural dedicated to Freddie Gray on Monday in Baltimore, Maryland.

Landing a job in Baltimore despite a criminal record

Turnaround Tuesday works with local businesses to help ex-offenders get work.
Posted In: Baltimore, employers, hiring, Jobs


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