The gap between the country’s wealthiest and poorest is at its highest point in the past 100 years. The gap between white and minority Americans is far greater. For every $1 in assets held by the average white family, the average black family has 15 cents, and the average Hispanic family has 17 cents.
Poverty in Connecticut has a profound impact on education, health care, crime, housing and economic development. It looms over those issues. It’s why some aspects of them seem unsolvable.
At a recent conference at the UCLA School of Nursing, Jessica Bartholow of the Western Center on Law and Poverty said that in terms of a child’s long-term health and well-being, “exposure to poverty in utero is more dangerous than exposure to cocaine.”
We’re making poverty a full-time reporting beat, and we’re excited to announce that Brian Charles will be joining our staff in that role on Monday.
Brian was recently named Journalist of the Year for Digital First Media‘s mid-sized daily newspapers, partly in recognition of his work investigating a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager for one of our sister newspapers, the Pasadena Star-News, in California.
He is a New York native who graduated from Purchase College with a bachelor’s degree in 2005 and Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2010 with a master’s degree in creative writing. During his time as a reporter in California, he was active as a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and as an executive committee member of the Black Journalists Association of Southern California.
Brian will be based at the New Haven Register, but we expect his work to have a statewide impact and also appear in The Middletown Press, The Register Citizen, Connecticut Magazine and other publications.