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

Fundraising, with subtlety, at CPAC

Delivering a memorable speech at CPAC can yield more for campaigns down the line.
Posted In: Republicans, GOP, politics

Why has the Oscar lost its buzz?

Are the films or the ceremonies to blame?
Posted In: Oscars, academy awards

Ranking cities from Miami to Boston to Wichita on inequality

A new report from the Brookings Institution tracks American cities with the highest and lowest rates of economic inequality. Some cities with less inequality look a lot like the suburbs.
Posted In: inequality, cities

Pandora uses data on your musical taste to lure political advertisers

You like Bob Marley, because: a) You’re a pot-smoking liberal. B) You’re a libertarian. C) You had a great time in Jamaica during college
Posted In: pandora, Political ads

Verizon enters the price wars

As competitors amp up their game, Verizon strategizes
Posted In: Verizon, mobile devices

What buying power buys African-Americans

Not everyone agrees buying power translates into other uses
Posted In: black buying power, African American, advertising, marketing

Entrepreneur offers a better shave for growing market

With buying power up, black consumers are a new target for specialty products
Posted In: black history month, shaving

How much personal debt is too much?

Consumer debt is rising over all. Financial advisors say we need to keep our personal debt load at no more than 30 percent of our take-home pay.
Posted In: debt, bad debt

Why would you hire the long-term unemployed? Why not?

We expect the President to ask companies to pledge to hire the unemployed. But some hiring managers see a potential risk in hiring someone who's been out of work for a long time.
Posted In: unemployement, long-term unemployed, State of the Union


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