Krissy Clark is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty Desk, where she helps make sense of some of the most fundamental shifts happening in the U.S. economy, including the growth of the low-wage service sector and the shrinking of middle-wage, middle-class jobs. Clark tracks the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S. and what it means for economic mobility in America.

Some of Clark’s favorite stories involve getting people from different parts of the economy to talk to each other. She has prompted conversations between a Silicon Valley CEO and a worker whose job he wanted to automate, brought two economists who disagreed about the effects of raising the minimum wage to Taco Bell for a debate, and set up a virtual “confessional booth” for people to reveal their financial safety nets. Clark’s reporting has taken her to abandoned factories in Flint, Michigan; the post-tornado ruins of Moore, Oklahoma; and the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Before joining Marketplace, Clark was the LA Bureau Chief for KQED public radio’s California Report. She has been a regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, BBC Radio, Freakonomics and StoryCorps.

Clark’s stories and documentaries have won awards from Scripps-Howard, PRNDI, NFCB, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal of Honor, and First Prize in Investigative Reporting from the National Awards for Education Reporting. Clark was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Journalists Under 35, and a finalist for a Third Coast Award for Best News Feature.

Clark is a frequent public speaker and has given talks at Google, Stanford University, the University of Kansas, Web 2.0, the Conference on World Affairs, and the Aspen Institute.

In 2009, Clark won a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford to spend a year experimenting with location-aware technologies as tools for story-telling. She is the founder of, a location-based, trans-media storytelling project whose audio installations have been exhibited by The New Museum in NYC and San Francisco’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

Clark graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in The Humanities. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and likes to read maps.


Features by Krissy Clark

York & Fig: Confessions of an ambivalent landlord

A real estate investor asks herself if she can be socially responsible in an up-and-coming neighborhood.
Posted In: gentrification, real estate

A satirical spin on gentrification in New York

Two ad guys pitch a message of gentrification at a store in Brooklyn.
Posted In: gentrification, New York City

York & Fig: How one lucky store beat the odds

In this episode, a mom-and-pop shop, a magical bus tour and public policy.
Posted In: gentrification, los angeles, businesses, highland park

La Tropicana thrives in a changing neighborhood

It's a tale of two customer bases told through dried chiles and gluten-free bread.
Carlos Valdez at his new apartment in Highland Park.

Entrepreneur starts over in Highland Park

A computer repairman confronts losing his home and business.
Posted In: highland park, gentrification, los angeles
The Highland Park Swap Mall used to be full of vendors selling discounted items like clothing and cell phone accessories. Upstairs was a residential hotel for low-income men. Most of the tenants are now gone, and the new owner has different plans for the

Highland Park Swap Mall: A Year Later

The brick building was home to men living on the edge, looking out for each other.
Posted In: highland park, gentrification, real estate

York & Fig: Where are they now?

We return to Highland Park for the second episode of the gentrification podcast.
Posted In: los angeles, gentrification, highland park
The bus tour makes a stop at a gourmet vegan-friendly donut shop in Highland Park.

Lowe's takes a magical millennial bus tour

One of America's biggest retail companies learns about new consumer habits.
Posted In: Lowe's, neighborhoods, demographics

York & Fig: A Look Back

Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty team revisits Highland Park, one year later.
Posted In: los angeles, gentrification, highland park

Many Marin workers can't afford to live in Marin

What happens when most of your county's workers can’t afford to live in the county?
Posted In: affordable housing, Housing, real estate, San Francisco, rent


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