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

Waiting for a big break in Germany's new economy

How do you make it in Germany? One waitress shares her story.
Posted In: six routes, bbc, German economy, safety net

The Global Economy at work

What's the connection between sunglasses, white gloves, and an economic slump?
Posted In: six routes, Germany, global economy
A map in Mathis Menzel's office shows the various countries the company ships products to.

Six Routes: How to make it in Germany

This sums it up: The German word for debt – "schuld" – can also mean "guilt."
Posted In: News

York & Fig: How gentrification flips a neighborhood

How do cheap mom & pop shops, check cashing places, and appliance repair stores get replaced by hot yoga studios, vegan-friendly restaurants, and third wave coffee shops?
Posted In: gentrification, highland park, Retail
Matt and Anya Schodorf own Café de Leche, which opened in 2008  in Highland Park, California.

York & Fig: The business of gentrification

In many gentrifying neighborhoods, the story of how the change got started often involves a cute little café/
Posted In: gentrification, highland park

The fight for higher wages is strong on Black Friday

Black Friday may be known as one of the busiest shopping days, but it’s also one of the biggest protest days.
Posted In: wages, minimum wage, Black Friday, protest

Health care coverage reaches Latinos

The number of young Latinos not covered by health insurance has fallen by half.
Posted In: healthcare, Latinos, Affordable Care Act
Seven Eleven

Should we know how much stores take in from food stamps?

Monday was the last day of a month-long public comment period set up by the USDA.
Posted In: food stamps, public funding, grocery stores

Wage growth in the U.S. is stuck in the '70s

Most American workers have seen little to no growth in wages since the '70s.
Posted In: wages, salary, pay
David Plouffe

Obama campaign operative's surprising move to Uber

David Plouffe's new role at the ride-sharing tech company raises some eyebrows.
Posted In: Uber, Obama campaign, Democrats, Republicans

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