Krissy Clark is the senior correspondent 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. Krissy tracks the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S. and what it means for economic mobility in America.

Some of Krissy’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. Krissy’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, Krissy was the Los Angeles 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.

Krissy’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. Krissy was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Journalists Under 35, and a finalist for a Third Coast Award for Best News Feature.

She 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, Krissy won a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford to spend a year experimenting with location-aware technologies as tools for storytelling. 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.

Krissy 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

Are the baby boomers retiring at the worst time?

Baby boomers facing retirement may be wishing they had come of age in a different era. According to a new analysis, Americans reaching retirement age in this moment are facing the worst retirement climate in more than a generation.

The report is based on data from Morningstar and Research Affiliates and found: “Yields on stocks and bonds have declined so considerably that they've significantly weakened investments for people who are just about to retire.Plus, according to the report:

According to the report: "A $1 million portfolio of 60% stocks and 40% bonds is projected to run out of money in 25 years.”  Meanwhile, “someone who retired in 1980 with that same 60/40 portfolio would have received an average annual return of 6.9% over 30 years.” 

This is worrisome at an individual level for anyone who is a baby boomer (or a child of one, working on, just as an example, a … ummm ... public radio salary wondering how she would swing it if her mom needs her to fill in the gaps), but it’s also a concern at a societal level: The era of the 401(k) was founded on very different market realities than we are in now. 

Bank of America profits and America's banks

Bank of America is the latest major U.S. bank to report strong profit growth. But does the mean the economy is healing?
Posted In: Banks, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wall Street

A parking lot for the homeless in Phoenix

The city of Phoenix is increasingly enforcing a law that bans sleeping on the streets. A shelter has made room for displaced homeless people in a parking lot.
Posted In: homeless, arizona

BART strike reveals tech, transit worker divide

The strike has laid bare a tricky cultural divide in the Bay Area, between traffic-weary tech workers who drive the local economy, and blue collar transit workers who feel left behind.
Posted In: BART, San Francisco, california, public transportation, unions

High temps hurt economy, outside of Death Valley

What’s the temperature tolerance to fly a plane? At what degree point does the power grid start shutting down?
Posted In: weather, Phoenix, what's the temperature, how hot is it, Heat

The middle class through the Hollywood lens

Movies and television have sometimes reflected and sometimes shaped our ideas of how the American middle class lives.
Posted In: hollywood, film, Entertainment, middle class

Safety Net Confessionals: My get-out-of-jail-free card

Listener Kurt Deutscher, a 49-year-old web developer who grew up in a low-income family in Portland, Oregon, discusses his economic safety net, which came in the form of a unique graduation gift.
Posted In: safety net, emergency savings

Oklahoma tornado one month later: Possessions lost, gained

For the thousands of residents in Moore, Okla., left without homes by the May 20th tornado, it took less than a minute to lose everything. To replace everything will take much longer.
Posted In: oklahoma, tornado

What kinds of businesses go bankrupt these days?

Business bankruptcies are down overall, but companies still make mistakes. And some entire industries are in trouble.
Posted In: bankruptcy, loans, technology

Latvia wants to join the eurozone. Why?

Despite the crisis, there are still benefits of being a member of the eurozone club.
Posted In: latvia, Eurozone, European Union, Europe debt crisis


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