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)

Oklahoma tornado one month later: Possessions lost, gained

Jun 20, 2013
For the thousands of residents in Moore, Okla., left without homes by the May 20th tornado, it took less than a minute to lose everything. To replace everything will take much longer.

What kinds of businesses go bankrupt these days?

Jun 10, 2013
Business bankruptcies are down overall, but companies still make mistakes. And some entire industries are in trouble.

Latvia wants to join the eurozone. Why?

Jun 5, 2013
Despite the crisis, there are still benefits of being a member of the eurozone club.

Losing "everything" is relative in a tornado

Jun 3, 2013
Natural disasters are great equalizers, but recoveries can look different.

Friendship crosses class lines in tornado's wake

Jun 3, 2013
Disasters, it is said, are great equalizers, striking rich and poor alike. But do bonds forged in crisis survive recovery?

Tornado victims worry first response donations won't cover long-term needs

May 29, 2013
Last week's tornado in Moore, Oklahoma could cost insurance companies $3.5 billion, according to Risk Management Solutions.

Convicted of a violent crime? Senate proposes food stamp cutoff

May 27, 2013
Democrats in the Senate agreed to an amendment that would ban anyone ever convicted of certain violent crimes from receiving SNAP food stamps -- for their entire lives.

Meet the Bank of Frank, safety net provider to family, friends

May 24, 2013
Government programs aren't the only safety nets that people fall back on. In the first of our "Safety Net Confessionals" we hear from Frank Paiano and one of the cousins he helped financially.

As Congress debates farm bill, food stamps hang in the balance

May 17, 2013
With one in five Americans on food stamps, some in Congress want to cut back on the program.

What's ahead for the IRS?

May 16, 2013
To say the Internal Revenue Service is having a bad week is an understatement. And to top it all off, IRS Commissioner Steven Miller was just forced to resign. So how will that effect the rest of the agency responsible…