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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

Gini: the measure of inequality

The Gini Index is the most common measure of wealth distribution within nations
Posted In: income inequality, statistics

Why won't millenials just buy houses already?

A new report stresses the problems millenials face in joining the housing market.
Posted In: Millenials, affordable housing, housing market
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Potatoes fight to get on the WIC nutrition list

Potato growers want the WIC program to include potatoes as an approved vegetable.
Posted In: WIC, food stamps, vegetables, potatoes

Why the U.S. economy is like a donut

It's full on the outside edges but hollow in the middle (class).
Posted In: donuts, doughnuts, pasteries, Food, middle class
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At Walmart labor protests, striking isn't the point

The Walmart protests are a far cry from labor movements that organized the country’s major industries.
Posted In: Walmart, strike, labor rights, low wages

The Googlers inventing the future: mainly male, white

A lack of diversity in an innovation company can lead to a disconnect.
Posted In: Google, diversity, women in tech

Economists find same-sex marriage gives a boost

The tenth anniversary of same-sex marriage in America.
Posted In: marriage equality, marriage, gay rights

The cost of fast food meals calculated in worker wages

The push for raising fast food worker wages has gone global.
Posted In: income, fast food, McDonald's, unions, wages

How the White House calculates infrastructure jobs

White House warns 700,000 infrastructure jobs could be lost. What's that include?
Posted In: infrastructure, Traffic, Transportation, urban planning

Why you should pay more attention to advertisements

Advertisers tell us more about consumer confidence than at first glance.
Posted In: advertising

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