A 21st Century Journalism Project

Her Wit’s End

In People on May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

By Chris Hruska

In this video, I interviewed Sherri Eckstein. Mrs. Eckstein invited me into her home to discuss the conditions of the working poor of America. She shared her experiences, view points and provided an in-depth look into what is becoming one of the largest problems in America, the growing number of working poor.

I shot this as a day-in-the-life of Mrs. Eckstein. She explains her job and the struggles associated with it for her and her husband. She also explains how life has changed for them due to the financial condition of the economy.  Such as the price of gas keeping them from going out and doing things.  Mrs. Eckstein states that she only goes to work and home because of the gas prices.

Mrs. Eckstein talks about how her and her husband applied for food stamps but were ineligible due to various financial conditions they did not meet.  As a result, they were forced to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for months.

Mrs. Eckstein’s story is not far reaching or a rare occurrence.  It is a story that effects nearly 14 million Americans everyday.



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