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

Long-term returns for pensions are forecast to drop to about 7.5 percent.

Public pension returns could be worst in 15 years

In 2001, the return was just over 12 percent. This year it could be 7.5 percent.
Posted In: pensions, Retirement, interest rates

Amazon adds student loans to its offerings

A deal with Wells Fargo gives some Prime members a discount on interest rates.
Posted In: consumer debt, banking, Amazon Prime

Colleges tap big data to help students stay in school

Civitas Learning unveils surprising findings about who's most likely to drop out.
Posted In: big data, Civitas Learning, graduation rates
Wells Fargo's net income was $5.6 billion in the second quarter of this year.

Bank earnings show higher lending at lower rates

Banks are learning to live with "lower for longer" interest rates.
Posted In: bank earnings, Brexit, JPMorgan Chase

China rejects South China Sea ruling

Claims over the South China Sea, a JPMorgan Chase pay raise, and the future of Obamacare.
Danielle Slater, 30, and her husband Alexander Slater, 31, are students in a new automotive technician training program in Baltimore.

20 years after welfare reform, one couple's story

A free training program prepares people in Baltimore for auto repair jobs.
Posted In: welfare, welfare reform, auto industry, employment

S01-6: The road not taken

20 years ago, welfare reformers chose to emphasize work over education
The Carnival Glory ship arrives in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The new buzzword in corporate earnings: Brexit

Rightly or not, look for companies to blame the breakup for financial woes.
Posted In: carnival, Brexit, Britain, European Union
 An employee works on an engine production line at a Ford factory in Dagenham, England

Auto industry braces for Brexit

After record growth, sales in the UK are expected to decline amid uncertainty.
Posted In: auto industry, Brexit, United Kingdom, European Union


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