Friday, January 08, 2010
America's economy story



Yesterday, we did something new with the CNN iReport community. Producer/Writer Manav Tanneeru and I hosted a conference call with five other iReporters who will be part of a yearlong project scheduled to launch soon. We had the same conversation with another submitter the previous day.


We talked about the U.S. economy, which we all know has been in trouble for a while now. The unemployment rate is high, many homes have lost their value and business owners are having a tough time.


These iReporters introduced us to seven Americans who are dealing with such things. We plan to follow their lives -- their hopes, their ambitions, their anxieties and fears -- throughout 2010. And through their stories, we hope to get a picture of how the U.S. economy is doing.


Here’s the cast of characters, along with the iReporters who will be conducting interviews with them:


-  In New York, mcintron is following Kathy Kirkpatrick and her landmark Life Cafe

omekongo is taking a look at the housing market with Michael Andrews, who hopes to sell his Maryland home

WausauFamily will continue to provide updates on Guy Daniels, co-owner of Expressions Ink in Wisconsin

-  Unemployed chemist Bruce Pollard will share his story with EWillies1961 in Texas throughout the year

BarbRad is documenting Jamie Smith’s quest to start her own business in Arkansas

-  And ChrisMorrow is following Susan and David Nethero as they open new bra specialty stores across the country


During the phone call, we met each other and talked about what such an ambitious project would require. The enthusiasm was contagious and, like true journalists, the iReporters had plenty of great questions for us.


We’ll provide more updates on the project once it launches. In the meantime, we couldn’t be more excited. I think BarbRad summed it up best during the call: “We could be inventing something new here.”

January 9, 2010
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We’ve wanted good and progressive economy. Many New Year's resolution worksheet includes new job and pay-off our debts. We cannot deny the fact that even 2010 have started to roll the economy is not changing to recover and give us an assurance that recession will finally get over. And in relation to the CNN iReporters that will conduct interviews to the different faces of people who lives in the hand of recession we will surely get more insights and advise on what to do and how we can recover. Good luck guys and keep us updated.
January 9, 2010
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Well, we are home office people as Realtors. My spouse, Sharon is the one. My son, Robert & I are her assistants (partners as she says). We've been self employed(SE) for many years now, since I retired from Inland Steel as a Software Engineer in 1994. Sharon has been SE forever doing both rasing 3 children & working.

The thing on my mind now is what with the Global Warming and ElNino. It's very cold & snowy here in Valparaiso, In.

Scientists say the earth's magnetic field is getting weaker and may lead to a pole shift, which they say happened before on some thousands of years cycle.

Does that mean the Arctic Circle could be the South Pole and Antarctica on the North Pole. The land masses stay the same, only our nomenclature for them changes.

That same weakening of the earth's magnetic field may cause havoc on earth if the sun's rays get through.


Thanks for listening and as my kids always said, when dad talks no one listens (I'm noted as a schpealer - talk too much)

Joe Hevezi

January 15, 2010
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January 22, 2010
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all i know is that the eonimy is terrible right now. my dad lost the job he had for 20 years and we had to move to texas. SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE!

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