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

Just how much will Obamacare cost you?

The Kaiser Family Foundation is out with a survey of the cost and coverage of Obamacare plans that will be available in 17 states and Washington, D.C.
Posted In: Obamacare, ACA, health care

Fast food strike: Of walk outs and drive-throughs

Fast food workers across the country are walking off the job today. Workers are demanding $15 an hour.
Posted In: fast food, McDonald's, minimum wage, labor, strike

What did the tech CEO say to the worker he wanted to automate?

A labor dispute in the San Francisco area launched a surprising debate about the future of work in the new economy.
Posted In: BART, Transit

As labor dispute rolls along, BART workers keep working

BART employees and management are in the midst of a 60-day cooling-off period, but with little progress reported so far, another strike could be coming.
Posted In: BART, Labor Unions

JPMorgan in the crosshairs?

JPMorgan Chase is facing six federal investigations or lawsuits, in line to unseat Bank of America as the bank with the most legal problems.
Posted In: Banks, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase

Confusion over Obamacare helps scammers

The Federal Trade Commission is fielding complaints from consumers who say they have been scammed with fake offers related to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
Posted In: health care, health scams, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

Should services be taxed like goods?

As states struggle to raise revenue, should services be subjected to a sales tax like goods?
Posted In: sales tax, consumer behavior

California city tries using eminent domain to help underwater homeowners

Richmond, California is attempting to keep homeowners in their homes by using eminent domain to buy underwater mortgages, and the banks don't like it.
Posted In: foreclosure, underwater mortgage, eminent domain

U.S. accuses Bank of America of mortgage-backed securities fraud

The Department of Justice and the SEC are both suing Bank of America for allegedly misleading investors about the risks of mortgage-back securities.
Posted In: Bank of America, mortgage fraud

Amazon CEO buys Washington Post

Why would an internet mogul buy a fading journalistic institution?
Posted In: jeff bezos, washington post, Amazon

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