Krissy Clark is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty Desk. Prior to joining Marketplace, Clark was the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for KQED public radio’s California Report, a syndicated show where she explored how people’s everyday lives intersect with Southern California’s economy, changing demographics, crime, justice and education systems. Clark is an award-winning public radio journalist and documentary-maker and her work has been featured regularly on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, the BBC, Marketplace, and Freakonomics Radio. She was formerly a documentary producer for American RadioWorks, and on the founding staff of APM's news and culture show Weekend America. She spent her early career in a small town in Colorado, covering the rural American West for High Country News. Clark was one of a team of reporters from KQED and California Watch to receive a rare IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Medal for a 2011 investigation into the seismic safety of California's elementary schools. The series also won a Scripps-Howard Award. Clark’s radio documentary Foreclosure City, about Las Vegas and its role as the epicenter of the nation’s foreclosure crisis, was a finalist for the Livingston Award in 2009. She was a finalist for a Third Coast Award in 2009 for a story about California's ban on same-sex marriage. In 2004, her documentary on the legacy of nuclear weapons development in the American West won Best Documentary from PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc.). In 2009 Clark earned a Knight Journalism Fellowship to spend a year at Stanford University researching location-aware technologies as tools for story-telling. She is the founder of Storieseverywhere.org, a location-based, mobile-phone storytelling project whose audio installations have been exhibited by The New Museum’s Festival of Ideas in NYC in collaboration with StoryCorps and at San Francisco’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. Clark graduated cum laude from Yale University, earning a B.A. with honors in The Humanities. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area thanks to her great-great grandfather, who immigrated there on a mule.
Posted In: bloomberg, journalism, privacy
Bloomberg News admits reporters used Bloomberg terminals to access clients' information.
Posted In: prom, wedding, consumer spending
A Visa study finds that prom costs about $1,100 -- but kids from families with incomes under $50,000, and kids with single parents, spend more on prom. Turns out there’s a long tradition of chastising the poor for spending “too much” on big life events.
Posted In: Taxes, deductions, safety net
Tax breaks like the home mortgage deduction confer financial benefits, and some argue they're part of the government safety net.
Posted In: entitlements, safety net, federal budget
'Entitlement' has almost contradictory meanings in casual conversation - and also, depending on your views, in political discourse about the social safety net
Posted In: boston marathon, security, surveillance
How cell phone and surveillance video is gathered and and processed to find clues, and track the perpetrators of the fatal attack in Boston.
Posted In: Immigration, farm workers, union
Farmers hope the proposal to expand farm worker visas will stabilize their labor supply. Unions focus on making sure the deal protects workers and their wages.
Posted In: Social Security, Medicare, seniors, budget
Current recipients have different reactions. Some scholars say basing the amount of payments on need could make the program less popular.
Posted In: Unemployment, discouraged workers, Jobs
The jobs numbers are out and the work force is shrinking again. Why are people quitting their searches and what do they do once they've stopped? We hear from a discouraged worker.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs, race, African American
A new study from Pew on economic mobility examines how unemployment affects black and white families differently.