In addition to reporting on how policymakers in Washington responded to the meltdown on Wall Street, McClatchy and the American News Project teamed up to produce a series of multimedia reports on how the economic crisis is affecting Americans and their families.
The team started in Greenwich, Conn., Wall Streetís premier bedroom community, then visited the epicenter of the quake on Wall Street itself. They journeyed through New Jersey's cities and on to ailing industrial centers, college campuses, state capitals and farm towns in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana.
When the job center in Dayton, Ohio, first opened its doors in 1997, the toughest challenge facing he staff was finding enough people to fill the thousands of new positions that were opening up in the area. But Dayton's manic job activity of the '90s has since given way to a panic that's changed the focus of the job center and the fortunes of the entire region. » read more