Ohio the Subject of NBC's Feature on Poor People in America

Poor people hamming it up for the camera.
  • Poor people hamming it up for the camera.

When NBC wanted to document the poor and struggling in America in the wake of the "Great Recession" and the achingly arduous lives they lead, they packed up their cameras and went to Ohio.

Ann Curry and associates recently spent nine months in Southeast Ohio, where jobs, schools, health care, morale, pensions, and bank accounts are all in the shitter. It should make for good television even if it's not happy television.

"America Now: Friends & Neighbors" will air July 25. According to Media Bistro:

NBC News cameras spent nine months documenting how the recession has affected people in Southeast Ohio. Ann Curry spent time in the area interviewing the hardworking poor, who have deep traditions in mining, manufacturing and military service. The special examines how the "Great Recession" has affected America's poor across the heartland.

Curry tells TVNewser, "We went in without pre-conceptions. And perhaps because the people we found had already felt disenfranchised by their poverty, we had to win their trust."

Curry found that covering this story reminded her of some of her global reporting over the last several years.

"This reporting is more like my experiences covering third world countries than any other I have ever done in America," says Curry. "The stories were unpredictable and you got the clear sense the people we interviewed felt invisible to the world outside their own."

Southeast Ohio: The Third World of the Midwest.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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