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

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

Changing neighborhoods can change your life

Helping poor families relocate to safer neighborhoods with better schools shown to improve mobility for children.
Posted In: Chicago, public housing, mobility

LAPD manhunt reward money: Could it pay off?

The Los Angeles Police Department has offered a $1 million for information that leads to the capture of former police officer Christopher Dorner. But some critics say reward money doesn't always work.
Posted In: behavioral economics, reward, Christopher Dorner

Immigration reform: Will it help the economy?

Economists say changes for low-wage and high-income workers could lead to economic growth.
Posted In: Immigration, illegal immigration

Who are the 11 million undocumented immigrants?

As Senate leaders and the president float new immigration reform proposals, a look at just who the changes might affect.
Posted In: Immigration

An old song still resonates: 'Is it because I'm black?'

Singer Syl Johnson beat the odds he sang about, but barriers still restrain black economic mobility
Posted In: Chicago, public housing, mobility, African-American

I do? Tallying up the marriage penalty in the new fiscal deal

The fiscal cliff deal raises taxes on individuals making at least $400,000 and couples making at least $450,000. Of course, 400 plus 400 does not equal 450. So what's going on?
Posted In: Taxes, fiscal cliff, marriage penalty

Do the wealthy think they're wealthy?

The tax code may put high earners in the top bracket, but they don't always agree that they are rich.
Posted In: Taxes, wealth, Rich, fiscal cliff, progressive taxes

The year in Wealth & Poverty 2012

A story about striking janitors in Houston sums up the themes covered by the Wealth and Poverty desk in 2012.

Michigan residents seek new path to the middle class

Community college replaces unionized auto factories as landmarks of economic mobility in Flint, Mich.
Posted In: Michigan, right to work, unions, auto industry, Flint, Education, community colleges, low-wage work

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