Kimberly Adams

Broadcast Journalist @KA_Marketplace

Kimberly Adams covers politics and general news for Marketplace from the Washington, D.C. Bureau. Before moving to D.C., Kimberly reported on the political, social and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring as a freelance journalist based in Cairo. Her work aired on multiple networks in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong and elsewhere. While reporting in Cairo, she received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Religion Communicators Council, and the Association for Women in Communication. She previously participated in IWMF’s “Great Lakes” Reporting fellowship to Uganda. Prior to freelancing, Kimberly worked as a producer for NPR from the D.C. headquarters, covering politics, arts, culture, and breaking news as a producer for “Weekend Edition” and the Washington Political Unit. In 2011, Kimberly was competitively selected for NPR's reporter training program, during which she reported for WBUR in Boston. As a member of the IWMF's advisory committee on inclusive safety, Kimberly had this to say, “We are in the midst of many difficult conversations about how inequality and discrimination pervade and shape the news industry, and part of any eventual solution must include examining and rectifying fundamental issues around who tells stories of conflict, how those narratives are shaped (and by whom), and how newsrooms adapt to these changes. I’m excited to work with IWMF and ROAAAR to examine these issues and work towards sustainable ways to address them.”

En Español

Kimberly Adams cubre noticias generales y políticas desde Washington, D.C. para Marketplace. Antes de mudarse para Washington D.C., Kimberly reportaba desde Cairo sobre la inestabilidad política, social y económica en Egipto después de la Primavera Árabe. Su trabajo se ha publicado en varios medios de los Estados Unidos, Canadá, U.K., Irlanda, Alemania, Hong Kong, entre otros. Durante su tiempo en Cairo, Kimberly recibió varios premios de la Asociación Nacional para Periodistas de Color de los Estados Unidos, el Consejo de Comunicadores Religiosos y la Asociación de Mujeres en Comunicaciones. Previamente también participó en la beca periodística en los Grandes Lagos de la IWMF, reportando desde Uganda. Antes de trabajar como freelancer en Egipto, Kimberly trabajó como productora de NPR en Washington D.C., cubriendo historias de política, arte, cultura, la edición de fin de semana y la unidad política de Washington. En el 2011, Kimberly también fue seleccionada para el programa de entrenamiento periodístico de NPR donde reporto para WBUR en Boston.

Reporting Locations


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Policing both sides of the border in Nogales

  Mexican police officer Romero Garcia (foreground). – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace President Donald Trump likes to point out how his real estate projects, including the Trump hotel near the White House, typically come in early and…

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Mexican workers warily follow Trump policies

Men work in a Ford car factory in Villa de Reyes, near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on Jan. 11. – PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images American companies with international operations are under pressure from activists and some…

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Both sides of the border weigh in on Trump’s security plans

Near Naco, Arizona sections of the border fence are being replaced with taller, stronger barriers as part of an initiative that been in the works for several years. – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace Multiple media outlets are…

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Trump’s executive orders to build a wall between the U.S and Mexico

View of the border fence between Mexico and US taken from Mexico’s side on January 25, 2017, in Tijuana, northwestern Mexico. – GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images Another day, another couple of executive actions at the White…

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On the Mexican border, little interest in inauguration

The turnoff road for the United States outside the canteen run by BorderLinks just across the US-Mexico border in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on October 11, 2016. – FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images President Donald Trump used…

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Mother (now Saint) Teresa was a terrible patient

Dr. Patricia Aubanel Riedel was one of Mother Teresa’s doctors during the last years of her life and now works at hospital that bears her name. – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace Over the weekend, Pope Francis canonized…

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Border communities seek economic integration

A mural adorns the U.S.-Mexico border fence, as seen from Tijuana, Mexico. – John Moore/Getty Images Republican nominee Donald Trump continues to add details to his policy proposals, but one thing has stayed consistent –…

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Migrant families continue to risk the trek north to US

Since Nemesis Aparicio does not speak English, volunteers at the bus station gave her a sign to ask people along her journey to help her make the right bus transfers. – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace After a…

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No votes or donations, but DREAMers still play election role

Carlos Martinez can’t vote or donate to campaigns, so he instead focuses on non-partisan voter outreach, encouraging those who can to vote. – Natalí Faxas As the presidential race heats up, money is pouring into…

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Cuban migrants scramble to claim special status in US

It took Cuban migrant Henry Salgera about three months to make it to the U.S. He said his bag – containing clothes, some medicine, deodorant and water – is all he carried with him. –…

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How Mexicans are reacting to the US presidential election

View of the border wall. – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace In this presidential election, immigration is a contentious debate. The United States government is looking for ways to handle the flow of immigrants from Mexico and other…

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Mexico City tells residents to park it

View of Mexico City blanketed by smog on March 18, 2016. Mexican officials lifted a four-day air pollution alert last month in the nation’s densely-populated capital after ozone levels dropped, according to them, to acceptable…

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Uganda Weighs Energy Needs against Tourism Industry

River guides help tourists rafting the intense rapids on the White Nile. Many are worried they will lose their jobs if a planned hydroelectric dam floods the rapids near Uganda’s Kalagala Falls. – Kimberly Adams/Marketplace…

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World in Progress: Modern Bark Cloth in Uganda

Bark cloth is made from the inner bark of the mutuba tree, a type of ficus. Ugandans have been wearing the cloth for 600 years. – Kimberly Adams In Uganda, designers are trying to revive…

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Ecotourism or hydroelectricity in Uganda?

The Ugandan government wants hydroelectric dams to generate much-needed electricity. But the planned Isimba Dam would flood ecosystems, threatening tourism. Is it a question of ecotourism versus energy? River in Uganda (Photo: Ben Curtis/AP/dapd) The…

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Uganda’s water dilemma

The Nile River has been of strategic importance ever since the earliest civilizations. In Uganda, the government wants to use the force of the White Nile for hydroelectric dams. But environmentalists say the dam plans…