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

Building a diverse workforce by investing in college

A Minnesota scholarship program aims to close a gap in college completion.
Posted In: workplace diversity, college completion, Minnesota

A $52 billion loss for Japan's pension investment fund

ITT Tech's inability offer federal aid to new students, Japan's pension fund loss, and Houston's efforts to attract mega ships.
Bill and Melinda Gates, founders of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, take part in a discussion organized by "The Economist" about expected breakthroughs in health, education, farming and banking.

Are powerful philanthropic groups good for education?

A new book looks at how groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are influencing public education.
Posted In: philanthropy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, foundations

Graduate students win recognition as employees

A National Labor Relations Board ruling could trigger a wave of unionization.
Posted In: higher education, graduate students, Labor Unions
School buses are parked in a flooded parking lot on August 16 in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

For Louisiana schools, flood damage is lasting

As schools reopen, many teachers and staff have been displaced.
Posted In: Louisiana flooding, FEMA, teachers
Students will now be able to file their FAFSA months earlier than before.

Changes are coming to the federal student aid form

Students can begin filing the FAFSA three months earlier this year, on Oct. 1.
Posted In: fafsa, financial aid, college

Skills training is having a moment

Alternatives to the four-year college degree get a boost.
Posted In: middle skills, job training, college, election; hillary clinton

Obama administration expands access to student aid

Students in some nontraditional training programs can now use federal grants and loans.
Posted In: college, financial aid, coding
A Home Depot employee at a store in Miami, Florida.

In the Amazon age, home improvement chains thrive

Even with online sales, the brick-and-mortar store is often involved.
Posted In: business, Home Depot, housing market

Welfare reform, through the eyes of two women

The "work first" approach made pursuing a college degree much harder.
Posted In: The Uncertain Hour, college access, welfare reform


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