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 Storieseverywhere.org, 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.

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Features by Krissy Clark

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

The debate against affordable housing in Marin

Not all Marin County residents have embraced George Lucas' plan to build an affordable housing project.
Posted In: affordable housing, apartments, senior citizens

Finding affordable housing in an unaffordable place

Projects like Marin's Toussin Senior Apartments help but are tricky to finance.
Posted In: affordable housing, Housing, real estate, San Francisco, rent

Military families turn to food stamps

Frequent moves or a parent overseas take a financial toll on those serving.
Posted In: military, food stamps

What pushes people up the economic ladder

Researchers have discovered factors that may help economic mobility.
Posted In: Dayton, economic mobility, poverty

What makes economic mobility possible

"Social Capital" is one key factor influencing economic mobility.
Posted In: social mobility, Education, Dayton

What makes a land of opportunity

Dayton, Ohio can teach us a lot about mobility and the American Dream.
Posted In: Ohio, economic mobility, American dream, Education, Segregation
A McDonald's employee prepares an order at a McDonald's restaurant in San Francisco, California

McDonald's to boost wages for 90,000 workers

Average hourly wages will rise to $9.90 for 1,500 locations the company runs directly.
Posted In: McDonald's, minimum wage, Walmart

Dayton bucks a population decline

Welcoming immigrants has helped Dayton reverse its economic prospects.
Posted In: turkey, Dayton, six routes
A model of the Wright Brothers’ workshop in Dayton, Ohio, where they designed and built the first working airplane on display at Carillon Historical Park.

Finding the beta version of Silicon Valley

Does the American dream still exist in America? Location, location, location.
Posted In: innovation, Unemployment, Dayton, Ohio, invention, technology

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