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

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Features by Noel King

What median income can buy depends on where you live

The Census releases U.S. median income data today. We visit two families to compare what it's like to live at the national median income and local median income.
Posted In: median income, Paducah, kentucky, middle class, poverty

Microsoft's Nokia deal: Modeled on Apple comeback?

Microsoft acquires Nokia in a $7.2 billion deal that aims to make Microsoft a player in the mobile-phone market.
Posted In: Microsoft, nokia, apple, smartphones

Fifteen percent of American adults are offline

Data released this week by the Pew Center shows that 98 percent of Americans now live in an area with access to broadband internet. Despite that, 15 percent still don't use the internet at all.
Posted In: internet access, employment

Obamacare plan shows popularity of prepaid debit cards

The government will require insurers to accept prepaid debit cards as payment for insurance under Obamacare.
Posted In: prepaid cards, Obamacare

Egypt's Morsi leaves legacy of economic 'disaster'

Egypt's deposed President, Mohamed Morsi, inherited a country in economic shambles. His largely ineffectual response only exacerbated the problem.
Posted In: Egypt, Arab Spring, morsi

Facebook: The business of philanthropy

Four billion people in the world don't have access to the Internet -- now Facebook, and other tech giants want to change that.
Posted In: philanthropy, Facebook

More women in unpaid internships: A 'major' issue

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's organization Lean In went looking for an unpaid editorial intern. The incident has highlighted the higher rate of women in unpaid internships.
Posted In: internships

Disney hopes for magic with Infinity game

Disney is set to launch its Infinity toy-game hybrid products. Will the Mouse House do better with this game than earlier ones?
Posted In: disney, video games

Embassy terror changed national security spending

Fifteen years after the Al Qaeda bombings in East Africa, spending on embassy security has soared -- and not just there.
Posted In: embassies, state department

Subcompact cars and the income divide

As breaking into the middle class becomes harder, car companies are finding new ways to attract an expanding base of less-affluent consumers. They're offering more small car models with better features than ever before.
Posted In: cars, wealth, poverty, subcompact, Chevy Spark, Chevy, Income Gap

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