Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America

Subjects Bill and Mike from the Getting Off the Streets documentary.

Since its inception, Chasing the Dream published 400 pieces of content for on-air broadcast and online consumption, 115 of which were produced in FY19 alone.

This year, Chasing the Dream took an intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents in A Dream Deferred, a five-part digital series. The series offered a rare opportunity for viewers to see and hear first-hand stories of the people who live in New York City public housing. These human interest stories moved viewers beyond the headlines and statistics and into the lives, hopes and dreams of their fellow New Yorkers.

The multi-platform initiative expanded its partnerships across the PBS system, both for on-air and digital media offerings. Partnering with NJTV, Chasing the Dream‘s documentary series Getting Off the Streets chronicled the dramatic journey of four homeless men from the streets of Camden, New Jersey, who have an opportunity to change their lives. A preview event in August 2018 welcomed more than 130 attendees for a sneak-peek of the series and a heartfelt panel discussion. The series was nominated for a Webby Award and two New York Emmy Awards.

Left Behind America, a joint-collaboration between Chasing the Dream, FRONTLINE and investigative journalism non-profit ProPublica, presented an in-depth look at Dayton, Ohio, as its citizens continue to fight for economic revitalization 10 years after the financial crisis.

Chasing the Dream and WORLD’s America ReFramed premiered Personal Statement, which followed three inspirational high school seniors in Brooklyn who take it upon themselves to make a difference by becoming peer college counselors in their schools. The program was nominated for a national News & Documentary Emmy Award. Chasing the Dream also expanded their partnership with WNYC by providing support for three episodes of the podcast The United States of Anxiety, and for a four-part podcast series The Scarlet E: Unmasking America’s Eviction Crisis, which seeks out the history of displacement and denial of housing, stories from today’s eviction victims, and, ultimately, potential solutions.

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