Noel King is a senior reporter for Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty Desk and a fill-in host for Marketplace Tech.

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, Ga., Baton Rouge, La., and Paducah, Ky., among others.

Noel spent five years based in the Middle East and Africa. From 2011 to 2013, she was based in Cairo, covering Egypt’s halting transition toward democracy for PRI’s The World, the CBC and the BBC. 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 to 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, N.Y. 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.



Features by Noel King

Dianne Morris in her home in New Orleans East.

A neighborhood divided over housing

A New Orleans neighborhood grapples with questions over low-income housing.
Posted In: section 8, New Orleans, Housing

Millennials don't take a gamble

Holiday retail, millennial gambling, and seeking asylum in the U.S.

A bumper year for toys

Toy sales might be a bright spot this holiday season.
Posted In: childrens toys, Star Wars, holiday
Months after the unrest in Baltimore, the city's Economic Development Commission reports back on business recovering from the riots.

Baltimore businesses reopen with help from the city

A large number of business damaged in the Baltimore riots have reopened.
Posted In: Baltimore, baltimore riots, Small Business

Food banks gear up for Thanksgiving

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, food banks are gearing up to help the hungry.
Posted In: Thanksgiving, food banks, food bank
New York is seeing a spike in homelessness.

Counting the homeless

The government released new homeless figures. But how is the number counted?
Posted In: homeless, homelessness

A youth farming initiative cultivates positive change

A program in New Orleans is bringing farming home.

Nintendo goes mobile

Gaming giant Nintendo announces its first smartphone game.
Posted In: nintendo, smartphones, gaming
William Davis in his home in Freehold, New Jersey.

Hourly vs. Salary: A portrait of an American Worker

Marketplace- Edison Research poll reveals the plight of hourly workers


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