Krissy Clark is the senior correspondent 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. Krissy tracks the widening gap between rich and poor in the U.S. and what it means for economic mobility in America.

Some of Krissy’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. Krissy’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, Krissy was the Los Angeles 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.

Krissy’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. Krissy was a finalist for the Livingston Award for Journalists Under 35, and a finalist for a Third Coast Award for Best News Feature.

She 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, Krissy won a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford to spend a year experimenting with location-aware technologies as tools for storytelling. She is the founder of, 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.

Krissy 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.



Features by Krissy Clark

The growing income gap, state by state

A new analysis highlights states with wide income inequality, and suggests ways to narrow the gap.
Posted In: Income Gap, states, progressive tax, minimum wage

Election issues with a melody: An interview with The National

Indie rockers The National take a break from a recording session in upstate New York to talk politics and election issues, and perform a version of their economically inspired "Bloodbuzz Ohio"
Posted In: The National, Music, Ohio, 2012 election

The National weighs in on politics, the election and Ohio

Reporter Krissy Clark sits down with the lead singer of The National to see how a 'non-political' band makes music in an election year.
Posted In: The National, Ohio, Music, 2012 election, Barack Obama

Two small businessmen, two views on taxes

Business owners share friendship and a passion for dirt bikes, but are far apart when it comes to taxes and politics.
Posted In: Election 2012, Taxes, Small Business, entrepreneurs

Pretending to be poor can change your perspective

Poverty simulation exercises confront participants with empty wallets, tough choices, and a better understanding of low-income people.
Posted In: poverty, poverty simulation, welfare

Law against panhandling ruled too harsh

An Arcata, California ordinance did not allow non-aggressive requests for money, including signs, in many parts of town. But that all changed when a judge ruled the mandate unconstitutional.
Posted In: panhandling, free speech, california, homeless, poverty

Controversial call costs Packers more than a victory

Last night's decision by replacement refs has ripple effects on teams, betting outfits, and the referee's labor dispute
Posted In: Sports, football, labor, NFL

Middle class at a crossroads, not for the first time

What we can learn from American history about the presidential candidates' plans for the middle class.
Posted In: middle class, Election 2012, Obama, romney

More young adults strike out on their own

Kids who moved back in with Mom and Dad now finally have the means to leave home, says newly-released Census data.
Posted In: census, young adults, Future Jobs

Long-term unemployed face changing workplace

Being out of work for a long time is tough. Going back to work after a long absence can be almost as challenging to catch up in today's fast-changing work environment.
Posted In: Jobs, Unemployment


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