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Minnesota-bred photographer Jannet Walsh knows a good story when she hears it. It’s why she’s always eager to sound off on the news, from the recent controversy over working conditions at Apple’s Foxconn plant, to her own experiences with unemployment.
Her nose for news is part of the reason why she was tapped by HLN to speak with Clark Howard on the struggles facing unemployed workers in this country, and it’s also why she’s our pick for Pundit of the Week.
Issues and affiliations: “Any candidate who doesn’t think that the unemployed have real problems, they probably shouldn’t be running for office.”
How did you get interested in politics?
“In 1968, Hubert Humphrey got the presidential nomination for the Democratic Party. That year, he came to my hometown of Litchfield, Minnesota. He flew in, and I remember all of these people were lined up to see him, and my mother was so excited, telling me ‘Here he comes, here he comes!’ I didn’t quite get it, although I was only 4 or 5 at the time, but politics has always been a big part of my family.”
Why do you share your opinion on iReport?
“I live in a remote part of the country, [Murdock, MN, population 303] yet at the same time, with iReport, I’m not. I live about a two and a half hour car ride from the Twin Cities, but here, I can speak to the entire world. … I grew up with news junkies, but back at that time, no one could have ever predicted that people could directly respond to the news the way we can now.”
Who is your political or journalistic hero?
“Eddie Adams, the Vietnam War photographer. I got to meet him early on in my career, as part of the Eddie Adams Workshop. ... I had so many questions to ask him, but I was so starstruck that I completely choked up.”
What is going to be the defining issue of the 2012 election?
“It all comes down to the economy. Who is going to pull us up, and does that person, man or woman, have a plan to make us stronger economically? Does that person speak to people in need? There are so many people who can’t find jobs right now, and so many of them are just giving up.”
What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you?
“When I lived in Europe, I was in the Netherlands. The only way I could work at the time was to start my own company, so I took a Dutch-language course so that I could interview for a freelance photography gig with a Dutch newspaper. The whole interview was in Dutch, and I struggled through it, and at the end of the two-hour conversation the editor said, ‘The next time you come, could you speak in English?’”
Follow Walsh here on iReport, or check out some of her excellent photography here. If you’d like to get in on the conversation and throw your hat into the ring for Pundit of the Week, now’s your chance: Join the debate.
Congrats on getting Pundit of the Week Jannet!
Enjoy your time in the sun.
Sending you well wishes from my hospital bed.
Good luck on the job search,
Mark aka k3vsDad
Oh, sorry to hear you are ill! Have a speedy recovery!
I love your story about the Netherlands...perfect example of the American dream.
You wanted to work, realized you had to go free lance, put in the time to learn Dutch, and made it happen. You took the initiative and were successful, kudos!
This is My perspective;
The Act of War Against This Country is not only by means of Bombs and\or Bullets, But by Ink and Paper as well.
The NDAA, The Patriot Act is just Two of the Many Bills that are Designed to Undermine Our Constitution. And is an Attack Upon The Constitution Itself.
Those Whom Conceived, Composed and Drafted These Bills Are Enemies of This Country!
Those Whom Voted For and Support these Bills has in fact Committed Treason. By Consciously and Purposely Acting to Aid its Enemies.
For Their Sole Purpose is too Undermine and Destroy The Constitution of This Country!
And They Should be Brought to Justice. For Their Crimes Against The Constitution And Our Country!