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

St. Louis County Law Enforcement

The high price of alleged police misconduct

What's the cost of lawsuits, settlements, or disorder from alleged misconduct?
Posted In: police, settlements, lawsuits

What you should know about the changes to credit scores

FICO announced it is changing the formula it uses to score credit.
Posted In: Credit report, credit score, FICO score

Google announces it will reward secure websites

Encrypted websites will receive higher search rankings from Google.
Posted In: Google, encryption

Meet the woman behind Ikea's living wage calculator

Ikea will use an MIT project to set wages in its stores across the U.S.
Posted In: Ikea, minimum wage, living wage

The secret life of food stamps might get less secret

Should the public know how much stores take in through federal food stamps?
Posted In: food stamps, USDA

Why are more people joining credit unions?

Credit unions have seen a spike in membership since 2011.
Posted In: credit unions

More jobs, but wages stay flat

More Americans are working, but average wages aren't keeping up with inflation.
Posted In: Jobs, low wages, inflation, economic recovery
Debt collections

1 in 3 Americans has past due debt

What what happens if your debt goes into collection?
Posted In: bad debt, collection, bills
Gas Prices

Inflation: A 'sweet spot' for consumer prices

The latest inflation numbers show prices are not too hot and not too cold.
Posted In: inflation, consumer prices, Economy

What we know about Buk missiles

The deadly consequences of Cold War weapons that won't go away.
Posted In: ukraine, weapons


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