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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

What's a 'tax expenditure'? We decode a controversial budget term

Tax breaks like the home mortgage deduction confer financial benefits, and some argue they're part of the government safety net.
Posted In: Taxes, deductions, safety net

What does 'welfare' mean to you?

'Welfare' used to simply mean 'well-being'. These days it often has negative connotations and multiple meanings.
Posted In: safety net, welfare, budget debate

What we mean by 'entitlement'? Well, that depends...

'Entitlement' has almost contradictory meanings in casual conversation - and also, depending on your views, in political discourse about the social safety net
Posted In: entitlements, safety net, federal budget

Sifting evidence from video of the Boston Marathon bombings

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: boston marathon, security, surveillance

Farmers, unions balance economic interests for immigration deal

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: Immigration, farm workers, union

What if you got less Social Security if you didn't need it as much?

Current recipients have different reactions. Some scholars say basing the amount of payments on need could make the program less popular.
Posted In: Social Security, Medicare, seniors, budget

Why have so many people given up looking for work?

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, discouraged workers, Jobs

Recovery from job loss: Easier for whites than blacks

A new study from Pew on economic mobility examines how unemployment affects black and white families differently.
Posted In: Unemployment, Jobs, race, African American

How did the social safety net get its name?

How did that phrase -- the safety net-- become a household term for social programs in the first place?
Posted In: safety net

Did 'barefoot homeless guy' really deserve charity?

Remember the “barefoot homeless guy” from when an NYPD officer bought him shoes? Well, he’s back in the news this week after being seen recently counting a “huge wad of bills.”
Posted In: media

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