Stacey Vanek Smith Stacey Vanek Smith is the co-host of NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money, and is a correspondent for Planet Money.
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Stacey Vanek Smith

Co-Host, The Indicator from Planet Money; Correspondent, Planet Money

Stacey Vanek Smith is the co-host of NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money. She's also a correspondent for Planet Money, where she covers business and economics. In this role, Smith has followed economic stories down the muddy back roads of Oklahoma to buy 100 barrels of oil; she's traveled to Pune, India, to track down the man who pitched the country's dramatic currency devaluation to the prime minister; and she's spoken with a North Korean woman who made a small fortune smuggling artificial sweetener in from China.

Prior to coming to NPR, Smith worked for Marketplace, where she was a correspondent and fill-in host. While there, Smith was part of a collaboration with The New York Times, where she explored the relationship between money and marriage. She was also part of Marketplace's live shows, where she produced a series of pieces on getting her data mined.

Smith is a native of Idaho and grew up working on her parents' cattle ranch. She is a graduate of Princeton University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in comparative literature and creative writing. She also holds a master's in broadcast journalism from Columbia University.

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What a ban from the global messaging system for banks would mean for Russia

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How a bank messaging system could decimate Russia

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Metabucks: Microsoft offers $69 billion to buy Activision Blizzard

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As prices rise, some debate whether price controls should be reinstated

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What nails can tell us about the economy

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The beef over price controls

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Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

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Why full employment doesn't mean everyone has a job

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Conditions that are causing burnout among nurses were a problem before the pandemic

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Johnson & Johnson tests a legal maneuver known as the Texas Two-Step

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Nurses and the never-ending shifts

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22 tips for 2022: Get your ideas heard at work

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