Krissy Clark

Host and Senior Correspondent

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I dig into history, policy and human stories to help make sense of "making it" in America. I'm interested in the fundamental shifts happening in the U.S. economy, including the widening gap between rich and poor, the stagnation of economic mobility, the growth of the low-wage service sector and the shrinking of middle-wage, middle-class jobs. My reporting has appeared on "99% Invisible," "Reveal," Slate, "Freakonomics," "Pop-Up Magazine," NPR's “Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered," and the BBC.

What was your first job?

The highly gendered job of babysitting.

In your next life, what would your career be?

Oyster farmer.

What’s your most memorable Marketplace moment?

Jumping from a flying trapeze for a story about the social safety net.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

Some handwritten thank-you notes from listeners, the Krispy Kreme mug an old colleague gave me and the pictures of my kids.

Latest Stories (116)

For the gig economy, emergency aid will be crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 26, 2020
In a historic move, gig and freelance workers will qualify for unemployment benefits.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

How education changed because of welfare reform

Jul 7, 2016
Time limits fueled the rise of short-term credential programs, like cosmetology.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Welfare's role in alternative to abortion programs

Jun 23, 2016
Indiana and other states support crisis pregnancy centers with federal welfare money.
When Brandi David found herself unexpectedly pregnant, she turned to Women's Care Center for help.
Caitlin Esch/Marketplace

Why do welfare funds go to marriage counseling?

May 31, 2016
Our new podcast, "The Uncertain Hour" looks at the sometimes surprising places welfare cash ends up.
Instructors Cynthia Rayford and Scott Roby conduct a marriage counseling class in Oklahoma. 
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York & Fig: Confessions of an ambivalent landlord

Sep 22, 2015
A real estate investor asks herself if she can be socially responsible in an up-and-coming neighborhood.

A satirical spin on gentrification in New York

Sep 21, 2015
Two ad guys pitch a message of gentrification at a store in Brooklyn.