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

A surprise viral hit: Income inequality, the movie

You may have been forwarded an unusual YouTube video this week, based on an economic analysis of income inequality. But where did it come from?
Posted In: wealth gap, income inequality, viral

New TSA knife policy angers flight attendants

The Transportation Security Administration has announced a policy change that would allow airline passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment onto planes, beginning next month. Flight attendants and air marshals protested.
Posted In: TSA, airplanes, Sports, security

Moving 'up' isn't as easy as you might think

Relocating to a safer neighborhood with better schools can help families move up the economic ladder. But the change can be stressful, and complicated.
Posted In: economic mobility, section 8 housing

Sequester: Apocalypse or not?

A look at the best and worst case from the sequester.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration

In Nevada, online gambling poised to go interstate

Online gambling is poised to go interstate, thanks to a fast-tracked bill in Nevada that Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) signed in to law on Thursday.
Posted In: online gambling, gambling, Nevada, Tech

Mark Zuckerberg will give you millions for science research

11 scientists are $3 million richer than they were earlier this week thanks to the new 'Breakthrough Prize' awarded by Silicon Valley tech titans including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Posted In: Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Tech, Nobel Prize

Citizens United Part II? Supreme Court takes up direct campaign donations

On Tuesday, the court announced it will take up a case challenging limits on how much individuals can contribute directly to candidates or political parties within an two-year election cycle.
Posted In: Citizens United, campaign finance, Supreme Court

Gmail fail? Microsoft says it has a new Outlook

Microsoft is launching a $30 million ad campaign today to promote Outlook.com -- a new product meant to compete with Internet-based email systems like Google Inc.’s Gmail.
Posted In: outlook, Microsoft, email, Gmail

Simpson and Bowles offer up new deficit cutting plan

Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles -- the bipartisan pair that brought us a multi-trillion-dollar deficit reduction plan that was never enacted -- are out today with a new plan.
Posted In: budget deficit, sequester

Worst cruise ever: Can I sue?

Probably not, say lawyers, unless you've suffered physical injury. As a gesture of goodwill, Carnival is offerering a full refund, a voucher for a future trip, and $500.
Posted In: cruise ships, cruise, lawsuit, customer service

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