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

NikeFuel forum

The wearable future from bracelets to mouth guards

Nike is reportedly making layoffs in its FuelBand manufacturing plant, and might be exiting the wearable tech market.
Posted In: iWatch, Nike Fuelband

The costs of climbing Mount Everest

Sherpas in Nepal consider a strike following last week's avalanche. We look at the influence of money on the most dangerous climb of all.
Posted In: Mount Everest

Digital comics: Violent sci-fi meets Joan Didion

Amazon just bought comiXology for Kindle. Why non-comics fans should care.
Posted In: digital comics, Comixology, Amazon
Family Dollar

What Family Dollar says about the economy

Discount chain Family Dollar is out with disappointing earnings.
Posted In: food stamps, dollar store, family dollar
Wal-mart

Food stamps: A reporter's notebook

Wal-mart, food stamps, and listener responses.
Posted In: food stamps, Reporter's Notebook

Part III: Hungry for savings

Walmart donates billions to anti-hunger initiatives. Some of those efforts benefit its own employees.
Posted In: Walmart, food banks, Food, hunger, poverty

Part II: 'Save money, live better'

As real wages continue to decline, the food stamp economy keeps booming.
Posted In: food stamps, Walmart, SNAP
Walmart in Cleveland

Part I: The secret life of a food stamp

The biggest winners of the SNAP economy are the ones the government won’t tell you about.
Posted In: Walmart, SNAP, food stamps

Starting over with a startup: When is it time to stop?

In Silicon Valley, a failed start-up is often considered to be a helpful lesson in how to succeed - next time.
Posted In: startups, Silicon Valley

'A movie star for a year, and now you’re roofing houses'

An interview with David Good, the co-founder of a start-up called GameCrush that was the target of much press and much investment.
Posted In: startups

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