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 broadcasted 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

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
Digital currencies could alter the pathway to education.

A model for higher education where all learning counts

The technology behind bitcoin could help create a new way to measure education.
Posted In: alternative credentials, college, bitcoin
Naira banknotes, Nigeria's currency.

Oil price slump hampers Nigerian economy

The economy of the oil-dependent nation has been shaken by falling revenues.
Posted In: Nigeria, Oil, China
Graduates of Bowie State University — Maryland's oldest historically black university — arrive for the school's graduation ceremony.

Report finds racial bias in the bond market against historically black colleges and universities

Historically black colleges and universities pay 15 to 20 percent more to borrow.
Posted In: bond market, HBCUs, racism
An iPhone 3G, released by Apple in 2008. The company is currently trying to sell used iPhones in India.

Apple fights to sell used iPhones in India

Debuting at over $580, even the lower-cost iPhone SE is out of reach for many.
Posted In: apple, iPhone, India, smartphones

Saudi Arabia to create huge investment fund

Saudi Arabia wants to get out of the oil business, into other businesses
Posted In: Oil, Saudia Arabia, sovereign wealth funds

Texas universities brace for guns on campus

A new law taking effect Aug. 1 will allow concealed handguns in classrooms.
Posted In: texas, guns on campus, gun control

Are Title IX efforts stifling academic freedom?

A professors group argues gender studies professors are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment claims.
Posted In: Title IX, university, professors, academic freedom

Loyal customers part of the price for Starwood Hotels

In the bidding war for the hotel and resort company, loyalty counts
Posted In: hotel loyalty programs, starwood, marriott

A new approach to increasing low-income college grads

An Education Department report highlights only those schools that do a good job
Posted In: Education, low-income students, Pell grant


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