Senior Reporter Noel King joined Marketplace's Wealth and Poverty desk in 2013. Her in-depth reporting investigates the causes and consequences of wealth and income inequality. While at Marketplace, she has examined the economic forces underpinning gentrification, the evolution of philanthropic giving, and the history and present-day implications of the racial wealth gap in the U.S. She has traveled widely, reporting breaking news and features from Ferguson, MO, Atlanta, Baton Rouge and Paducah, KY, among others.

Noel also serves as a fill-in host for the Marketplace Tech Report.

Noel spent five years based in the Middle East and Africa. From 2011 – 2013, she was based in Cairo, covering Egypt's halting transition toward democracy for PRI’s The World, the CBC, and BBC programs. While there, she reported and co-produced a television documentary that examined the struggle for water rights among countries of the Nile River basin. From 2004 – 2008, she covered geopolitics and humanitarian crises in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as ethnic conflict and reconciliation in Sudan and Rwanda for Voice of America and wire services.  

In 2008, Noel joined the inaugural team of The Takeaway, a nationally-syndicated live morning show produced by WNYC and PRI in collaboration with the New York Times. During her tenure as a Managing Producer, the show's coverage of race and ethnicity in America won an RTDNA UNITY Award. She also served as a fill-in host for The Takeaway, and filed reports from the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

Noel is a graduate of Brown University, and a native of Kerhonkson, New York. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Independents in Radio. In her spare time, she studies Arabic and hangs out in public libraries.

Follow her next adventures on Twitter: @noeleking


Features by Noel King

Baseball economics hits a homerun for the Mets

One reason the team is in the playoffs for the first time in several years: math.
Posted In: Sports, baseball, salaries
 Volkswagen's new boss said the auto giant would need more than a year to fix all its pollution-cheating cars.

Just how much will that VW recall cost?

$7.3 billion apparently won't be enough for the recall that may start in January.
Posted In: Volkswagen, car recalls, automobile industry

Africa could face severe drought due to El Nino

The weather phenomenon could threaten Africa's food security.
Posted In: Africa, el nino, drought

PODCAST: Minimum wage woes

Sharing data, PepsiCo earnings, and St. Louis' minimum wage.

Oh, the stories campaign money tells....

The latest donation totals give candidates a chance to spin their narratives.
Posted In: presidential candidates, hillary clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson

World Bank rethinks poverty measure

The benchmark of $1.25 a day is expected to raise to $1.90.
Posted In: poverty line, poverty rates, poverty
New York is seeing a spike in homelessness.

Behind New York's Right to Shelter policy

The city's homeless owe their municipal shelters to an unprecedented lawsuit.
Posted In: homelessness, New York, shelter

PODCAST: Beer of champions

Interest rates, President Xi Jinping in America, and the beer of champions.
Low-income families select free bread and produce at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey last month. The food bank has seen an 11 percent increase in food distribution in Atlantic County since four of Atlantic City's major casinos closed in 2014, laying

Federal poverty measure unchanged from last year

U.S. Census reports the median income rate also remained the same from last year.
Posted In: poverty, wages, income

All in the family: the new mortgage math

Fannie Mae overhauls a loan option to reflect economic realities.
Posted In: Fannie Mae, home loans, mortgage


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