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

York & Fig: A Look Back

Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty team revisits Highland Park, one year later.
Posted In: los angeles, gentrification, highland park
People gather in the community that was formerly the St. Bernard housing projects, which flooded during Hurricane Katrina, on May 10, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The projects have been transformed into what is now known as Columbia Parc at the Bayou D

A public housing project reborn in New Orleans

Ambitious mixed-income development with an emphasis on education has its critics.
Posted In: New Orleans, Columbia Parc, Housing, housing project
Bill Bynum, the CEO of Hope Credit Union, at his office in Jackson, Mississippi.

A small credit union brings Hope to New Orleans

Its investment in low-income communities helped the area rebuild after Katrina.
Posted In: Hurricane Katrina, bank, credit unions

Banking on a New Orleans recovery

When New Orleans flooded, Liberty Bank — itself devastated — helped to rebuild.
Posted In: bank. New Orleans, flood, rebuilding

Water prices rise in California

Residents are cutting back on usage, but not necessarily "saving."
Posted In: drought; agriculture; water markets; California

'Poor doors' exit New York

The city has banned the separate entrances to mixed-income buildings.
Posted In: New York City, Bill de Blasio, building
A child runs past a mural in West Baltimore.

Under the radar: Baltimore's 'informal' economy

Being a small business owner here comes with a host of challenges.
Posted In: police, employees, Baltimore

Ex-convicts struggle to find work in Baltimore

In Baltimore, and elsewhere, having a criminal record can be a barrier to work.
Posted In: Baltimore, employment, criminal justice

Baltimore lab program produces a positive reaction

BioTechnical Institute says it trains grads for entry-level jobs with a future.
Posted In: Baltimore, job training

PODCAST: Disappearing grocery stores

Interest rates, the 'leap second,' and disappearing grocery stores in Flint, MI.


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