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

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

PODCAST: The refugee crisis in Europe

Global interest rates, wages for low-income Americans, and the humanitarian crisis in Europe.

Socioeconomic status could be affecting childrens' brains

A large-scale study shows a link between parental income and a child's brain size.
Posted In: socioeconomic factors, brain development, Wage gap

PODCAST: Waiting at Wal-Mart

Job growth in August, Wal-Mart's woes, and wartime bonds.

PODCAST: Consumers love coupons

Arctic competition, medical debt collection, and post-recession consumer habits.
Airlines sometimes overbook their flights, but there's a reason.

PODCAST: Friendly-ish skies

A look to the week ahead, Obama's visit to Alaska, and airline profits.
McMillan's First Steps is a pre-school and K-5 academy.

A New Orleans business banks on new connections

Owners of small companies take advantage of a Goldman Sachs program.
Posted In: New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, Education

PODCAST: Looking for a rebound

Where do we go after Black Monday?

China cuts interest rates yet again

China's Central Bank has stepped in after another index drop.
Posted In: China, stock market, interest rates


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