About

Krissy Clark is an award-winning journalist, public radio reporter and editor, documentary-maker and fifth generation San Franciscan.  This is her blog, and more specifically, a place where she showcases experiments– conducted by herself and others– in the realm of location-based story telling.

You can contact her here:  blockoftime at gmail dot com

Clark is interested in the way people shape places, and places shape people, and wants to push the boundaries of storytelling through location-based technology.  Other phrases that might describe the subject of this blog include: narrative landscapes, narrative archeology, super-hyper-local journalism, embedded radio.

If you’re confused, this short article she wrote might help.

She toyed with calling this blog “The Empathy Project” because she thinks the more we understand about the places we move through day to day, the more care we take in the world.

Clark is currently the Senior Reporter for the Wealth and Poverty Desk at Marketplace.  She has spent more than a decade covering news, culture, economics and environmental issues.   Her work has aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, the BBC, Freakonomics Radio and American RadioWorks.   In 2010, Clark was a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford, where she worked with the d.school, the Computer Science and History Departments to explore location-aware storytelling.

Clark has a B.A. in The Humanities from from Yale University. She has received recognition for her stories and collaborations, including a Scripps-Howard award, an Investigative Reporters and Editors medal of honor, a awardand was recently a finalist for The Livingston Award, one of journalism’s highest honors.

To hear samples of stories she’s done that involve explorations of place…

Go here for the history of one foreclosed house and the lives that have passed through it.

Go here for an ode to a dairy barn in Pt. Reyes that means many things to many people.

Go here for an investigation into why San Francisco is the gay mecca of the world.

Go here, for a look into why San Francisco lost so much of its African American population.

Go here, for a roadtrip through one of the smelliest spots in California.

Go here for a documentary about what it’s like to live in the Foreclosure Capital of the U.S., Las Vegas Nevada.

3 Responses to About

  1. John Graham says:

    Great project. I’ll have to talk to Hank Peabody, the Curator and Director of the El Fornio Historical Society, and see about getting some location-based narratives going in El Fornio. Meanwhile, “144 Vignettes About El Fornio, CA” by Director Peabody and read by Tim Goerge might suffice.

    http://www.elfornio.com/vig-title.html

  2. Matthew Quinlan says:

    Loved your presentation at Where 2.0. Reminded me (tangentially) of one of my favorite places in London. On a hilltop in Richmond Park, overlooking London to the east and the hills of the South Downs to the west, there is a park bench. The singer Ian Dury would sit on the hilltop and mellow out. In 2002, the bench was installed in his memory. It is a solar-powered bench. When you plug your headphones in to one arm, you’ll hear his music. The other arm plays an interview. More detail here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/1958039.stm It’s a wonderful place to stop, take the weight off, hear his story and hear the music that his London inspired.

  3. hi krissy, most of this work around stories seems historical in nature, but what about the stories that are happening in real time? do you know of any work to, for example, help neighbors not only see the stories that might be going on around them but also tell or more openly share the stories that might need to be told in a neighborhood? thanks, michael

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