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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

Flying with a net, literal and figurative

Our reporter learns to fly on a trapeze -- and gets a crash course in safety nets, both real and metaphoric.
Posted In: safety net

Show me your (real and metaphoric) safety net

One woman's definition of a safety net: Something that lets you take risks, from going to school to flying from a trapeze.
Posted In: food stamps, safety net

What difference does Pepsi's new bottle make?

It's about the fizz, the grip, the masculine appeal, say beverage analysts
Posted In: Pepsi, rebranding

Desperate but creative measures proposed for Cyprus

As Cyprus stares down an ultimatum from the European Central Bank, its government, friends and observers have come up with a range of solutions
Posted In: cyprus

Patent race: Patent rules switch from first-to-invent to first-to-file

Monday is the first day on which patents will be awarded to the first filer of the patent not the first person to come up with an idea. Many worry this will favor applicants with big money behind them.
Posted In: patents, inventions, Tech

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

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