CNN Launches Issue #1, Ongoing Initiative Focusing on Top Election Issue: The Economy
As part of CNN’s record-breaking election coverage, the network will draw upon resources throughout CNN Worldwide to bring viewers in-depth coverage of the single issue that matters most to them: the economy. The ongoing initiative, titled Issue #1 and reported by the CNN Money Team comprised of the premier financial reporters, experts and analysts from CNN/U.S. and CNNMoney.com, will provide substantive coverage of the financial challenges facing Americans today.
Issue #1 will kick off today with a week of programming from noon to 1 p.m. (ET) and special reports throughout the day that will offer CNN viewers helpful advice about their jobs, savings, debt and homes. This week’s special programming will be anchored by Ali Velshi, CNN’s senior business correspondent and host of Your $$$$$, Gerri Willis, anchor of Open House and personal finance editor for CNN, and the CNN Money Team.
“Just as CNN has vigorously covered all aspects of this primary season, we will marshal our resources behind the most critical election issue by many accounts: the economy,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “Americans today have deep concerns about the financial security of their families, and we want to provide real solutions and the relevant information they need as they engage in this election.”
According to CNN polls, Americans consider the economy to be the most important issue affecting their lives today. To that end, Velshi, Willis and other experts will report on what consumers can do to plan for their financial security. In addition, CNNMoney.com, starting today, will provide online resources including video and interactive tools at www.CNNMoney.com/issues to complement the series.
On air, Issue #1 will include a look into homeless campgrounds in San Bernadino County, Calif., a county experiencing a surge in families displaced from their homes and having nowhere else to go. The program also explores the special financial challenges military families face especially as the country approaches the fifth anniversary of the start of the war in Iraq.
Issue #1 also will investigate the reason for escalating cost of goods, how Federal Reserve decisions affect Americans the financial condition of Americans, why environment-friendly jobs sometimes called “green-collar jobs” could be among the fastest-growing segments of the job market over the next 10 years; and how high gas prices could go.
Online, CNNMoney.com will offer coverage focusing on the economy, jobs, real estate, gas and personal investment; select video from CNN’s on-air coverage; an interactive element that allows users to explore bear markets in the United States over the last 50 years; and daily polls tied to American attitudes about the slowing economy.
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