Greg Kaufmann is the former poverty correspondent to The Nation and a current contributor. He is a senior fellow at the Center of American Progress and editor of TalkPoverty.org. Through his writing he seeks to increase media coverage of poverty, share new research, elevate the voices of people living in poverty and offer readers opportunities to get involved with organizations working to eradicate poverty. Melissa Harris-Perry called Greg “one of the most consistent voices on poverty in America.” Greg has spoken at numerous conferences and been a guest on Moyers & Company, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Tavis Smiley on PBS, NPR, and radio talk shows across the United States. His work has also been featured on CBSNews.com, NPR.org, WashingtonPost.com, and BusinessInsider.com. He serves as an advisor for Barbara Ehrenreich’s Economic Hardship Reporting Project. He graduated from Dickinson College and studied creative writing at Miami University (Ohio). He lives in his hometown of Washington, DC, with his wife, son and two daughters.
Paul Ryan’s speech on poverty and upward mobility was all stories and spin, and no substance.
In the second presidential debate, Governor Romney used the word poverty without saying anything of substance about it. President Obama didn’t use the word at all but managed to talk about issues that matter to low-income people.
There were no questions asked about poverty in the first presidential debate. Here are fifteen suggestions for tonight.
In Wisconsin, a new proposal four years in the making would reduce poverty in the state by at least half—if only there were the political will.
In the first presidential debate, not a single question about poverty and neither candidate showed the slightest inclination to talk about it either.
If Obama and Romney answered these questions, voters would have a deeper understanding of poverty in this country and the next president’s vision for taking it on.
Before welfare reform there was the Work First program in Mississippi. It was a distaster for the poor then, just as welfare reform is a disaster for the poor today.
Antipoverty activists are asking both candidates to speak up about growing poverty in the United States.