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

Reframing the “risks” of being black

The National Black Child Development Institute says the conversation around poverty and success in the African-American community needs to be shifted.
Posted In: poverty, minority children

Startups experiment to diversify Silicon Valley

Leaders at a few startups in Silicon Valley test out new strategies to raise diversity at their workplaces.
Posted In: startups, Silicon Valley

What does meritocracy really mean in Silicon Valley?

The Valley loves its rags to riches stories. What a tech meritocracy millionaire has to say about his own rise.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, meritocracy, Tech

'70s rebellion and the roots of tech's reputation for meritocracy

Early Silicon Valley companies experimented with a new management style to reward talent and avoid corporate status and hierarchy.
Posted In: Silicon Valley, meritocracy, Intel

One windfall from the shutdown? Political donations

Both parties are using the government shutdown to raise money and it’s working -- for now.
Posted In: government shutdown 2013, politics

Best YouTube videos finally get an awards show

What does having a live awards show do for your business?
Posted In: Youtube mp3, YouTube, Lady Gaga, awards

8 surprising facts about domestic workers and in-home care

Why you should care about the business and economics of home care and domestic workers.
Posted In: domestic workers, domestic workers bill of rights, UIF, wages

Once again, Congress threatens a federal budget crisis

We’re about to hear a lot about the debt ceiling and the threat of a government shutdown.
Posted In: federal budget, government shutdown

Unprepared for rain, Colorado pays the price

Colorado is equipped to deal with all sorts of natural disasters, from raging fire to heavy snow. But this torrential rain has caught Colorado off guard.
Posted In: colorado, flooding

Only a quarter of Americans expects an inheritance

The fact that so few Americans expect to inherit money from relatives -- and that most expect to get just $10,000-50,000 -- has big implications for their retirement plans.
Posted In: Inheritance, financial planning, Economy, Retirement

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