A FEW STORIES I FEEL SHOWCASE THE
RELEVANCY AND SCOPE OF MY WORK
RELEVANCY AND SCOPE OF MY WORK
The New Face of Poverty
The impact of the Great Recession of 2008 could be felt for many years to come. By 2009, even as economists declared the recession over, hundreds of thousands of Americans were still reeling from the severe economic downturn and many of them became the new face of poverty in America.
Military Veterans and PTSD
As military veterans return home from Iraq and Afghanistan, media reports frequently focus only on emotional reunions. What happens after that, when many veterans try to resume the life they left behind, is not as heartwarming and, therefore, not often covered by the media. In this story, I talk to four veterans who served their country during different eras and all returned to civilian life with psychological trauma. Here's what their country has and has not done to help them.
Overcrowding in Chicago Public Schools
It's estimated that between 1/4 to 1/3 of Chicago public school students attend a school that is overcrowded. But to end overcrowding school officials say they need billions of dollars in new buildings and the teachers to staff them. In this installment of a year-long series I did on school funding in Illinois, I take a look at the price teachers and students pay at schools that are filled beyond capacity.
Rich School, Poor School
The school funding disparity in Illinois has created some shocking extremes. As part of the year-long series I did on education funding, I visited two schools on opposite ends of the funding spectrum. One is an inner city Chicago high school whose facilities are crumbling around the students. The other is a suburban high school where the tax base has created an education center of almost ideal proportions.
mental illness and a fulfilling life
Severe mental illness can be as debilitating as a severe physical illness. But while employers are required to make accommodations for persons with physical disabilities who are able to work, it's much tougher for individuals suffering from psychological disorders to find and keep employment. In this story I highlight a Chicago agency that helps those with mental illness find jobs and lead independent and meaningful lives.
Pets and the Great Recession
I did this story in March of 2008 in the depths of the Great Recession. Layoffs and home foreclosures were skyrocketing and while the human toll was great so was the impact on pets. With so many people losing their jobs and homes, many dogs and cats suddenly found themselves homeless. I visited three shelters in the Chicago area to see what they were experiencing.
The Mind of the Chimpanzee
Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is among the global leaders in chimpanzee research. Several primatologists at the zoo are contributors to a book called "The Mind of the Chimpanzee," a collection of scholarly papers that continues the groundbreaking research started 50 years ago by renowned anthropologist, Jane Goodall. In this story I talk with several of the primatologists at the Lincoln Park Zoo about the ever increasing knowledge they're gathering about our closest non-human relatives and the species endangering threats faced by these extraordinary primates.