Contact: Jen Keavy


March 11, 2013


(ST. PAUL, Minn.) American Public Media (APM) has hired Noel King as a reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty desk. The six-member desk reports on the causes and consequences of the growing divide in income and wealth in the U.S.

A seasoned journalist with extensive experience as a foreign correspondent, King has worked as a managing producer of The Takeaway, a nationally-syndicated live morning show produced by WNYC and PRI in collaboration with The New York Times. During her time with the show, she traveled to South Sudan to cover the country’s referendum and served as an occasional host for the program. She co-produced a series on The Great Migration by African-Americans who moved north in the early 20th century, changing America’s social and cultural landscape. In 2011, she was part of a team whose coverage of issues affecting communities of color in America was recognized with an RTDNA UNITY Award. Inspired by political developments in North Africa and the Middle East in 2011, King moved to Cairo to cover Egypt’s transition to democracy as a freelance reporter for radio, television and print outlets. Her reporting has aired on the BBC World Service, PRI’s The World and The Takeaway, NPR, CBC radio and television and CBS radio. She has written for Reuters and USA Today.

“Noel’s passionate pursuit of her stories, her curiosity and her fresh perspective on our beat make her a great addition to the Marketplace Wealth & Poverty Desk,” said Senior Editor, Wealth & Poverty, Celeste Wesson upon announcing the hire.

At Marketplace, King will work closely with Wesson and Krissy Clark, Senior Reporter, Wealth & Poverty to conceive and execute insightful, original in-depth reporting on this critical socio-economic issue. Her work will be heard across all Marketplace programs (Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money) and digital platforms.

“I am so excited to join the Wealth & Poverty desk at Marketplace,” said King. “I greatly admire the reporting that the desk has produced so far. The growing divide in wealth and income is an issue that affects all Americans, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to report on it.”

Recent highlights from the Wealth & Poverty desk include Senior Reporter Krissy Clark’s profile of economic mobility counselors in Chicago and the audience-generated “You Know You’re Wealthy When” project in which Marketplace listeners describe what “wealthy” means to them.

King is a native of Kerhonkson, New York. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization and 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, planning her next adventure. She officially joins Marketplace on March 25, 2013.