Feb. 9, 2009 -- Betsy Stark is the Business Correspondent for ABC News. Her reports on the economy, Wall Street, corporate America, business trends and financial issues are featured regularly on "World News with Diane Sawyer," ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com and other network programs. She also reports for ABC News on workplace and work/life issues.
With more than two decades of experience on the business beat, Stark has covered most of the major business and economic stories of her time. Most recently, she has spearheaded ABC's coverage of the current recession, including the credit crisis, the stock market crash of 2008, the government's emergency bailout of banks, and the fallout of these extraordinary events on Main Street Americans.
Stark's ability to make complex financial issues accessible to a general audience is a hallmark of her reporting and has helped distinguish ABC's coverage of business.
In 2007 Stark conducted an exclusive interview with President George W. Bush on the state of the economy and his stewardship of it. She has interviewed dozens of corporate executives and public officials for her reports on ABC.
Stark's reporting has earned numerous honors. She was nominated for a 2008 Business Emmy for her series, "The Kitchen Table Economy," intimate portraits of American families coping with the recession. Her stories on "The Broken Pension Promise" won the 2005 Business Emmy for reporting on a current news story. She earned an Emmy nomination that same year for her coverage of the housing bubble. Her story "Motherhood on Madison Avenue," which examined sexism in the advertising industry, was honored with a 2006 Gracie Award from American Women in Radio and Television. In 2004 she was nominated for a Loeb Award for her coverage of rising oil prices, and she received an Emmy nomination for her reports on the impact of the Iraq war on the U.S. economy. Stark has also won an Emmy for her participation in ABC's millennium coverage and a George Foster Peabody Award for her participation in the network's coverage of 9/11.
Before joining ABC News in 1998, Stark worked at Dow Jones as Correspondent and later Senior Producer of the weekly "Wall Street Journal Report." In 1996 she was named Anchor and Editor of her own live, daily business news program, "Heard on the Street A.M.," produced by Dow Jones for a local New York station. She also anchored its public affairs program, "Metro Journal," which won an award for local political coverage in its first year.
Earlier in her career, as a documentary producer for "Inside Story," the PBS series on the media, Stark was honored with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting for her work on the CBS/Westmoreland trial.
Stark is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She is the mother of two children, Ben and Sara, and lives in New York City.