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

Happily ever after in a cross-class marriage

Fewer people are marrying across class lines. But those who are making the leap are finding that how they grew up influences how they grow together as a couple.
Posted In: marriage, cross-class, class

Dad's income a predictor of his kids'

Americans have less economic mobility across generations than those in most other rich developed countries.
Posted In: income, family, low-income families

Rising use makes food stamps a target

The recession has boosted the number of Americans on food stamps to 44 million.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, food stamps, Economy, recession

The magic small political donation number

Why do the Obama and Romney campaigns both set $3 as the entry-level donation?
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, campaign contribution, 2012 election

A kinder, gentler Carlyle Group?

The private equity firm reaches out, especially to Montana environmentalists.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, environmentalists, sustainability, montana, elections

Obama to announce food initiative for world poor

President Obama has enlisted the help of 45 private sector companies in a $3 billion food security drive to fight hunger and poverty in Africa. But not everyone is onboard.
Posted In: hunger

Occupy movement takes up responsible banking cause

Chicago is getting ready for all the world leaders who will be in town for the big NATO meeting that starts today -- and for the busloads of people who will be coming into town to protest. Some will be associated with the Occupy Movement, which is hoping to re-ignite after a quiet winter.
Posted In: Occupy, banking, Chicago

What's in a hoodie?

The hooded sweatshirt has become a charged symbol, depending on who wears it and where.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, Mark Zuckerberg, Trayvon Martin

Occupy movement tries to reengage

Protesters around the country are working to reestablish the Occupy Wall Street movement. At the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, hundreds of demonstrators are trying to disrupt business.
Posted In: Occupy Wall Street, port of Long Beach

Oil Industry Jargon can be fun

Bottom Kill, Operation Sombrero, Junk Shot....
Posted In: bp oil spill, Environment, jargon

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