Share Your Stories

We want to talk to you.  We're looking for your stories of lost jobs, lost homes, and city budget cuts. We want to talk to you if you're  slipping backwards, and if you're managing to hold on. 

The first step is giving us some basic information about you and what you're seeing. Then one of our reporters will get in touch with you to talk some more, if you say that's okay.  Share as much or as little information as you want. We will feature people's stories and experiences on the site in the coming months.

Thanks for helping us report on what's happening in America.

Share Your Offshoring Story

We're working on a series of stories about outsourcing, like Barlett and Steele's piece on the American steel industry. Have you lost a job to offshoring or outsourcing? Gotten or applied for Trade Adjustment Act assistance? We'd love to hear from you, whether your experience was last month or last decade. Share your story here.


Tell Us What's Happening to You and Your Town

Let us know how the last few years have treated you.  Are you getting by? Are you doing great? Are you barely holding on?  Share your story here.

Have you faced foreclosure?

This series of stories on foreclosure, mediation, and modifications is just the beginning. If you have faced foreclosure, sought mediation, or pursued a loan modification, let us know. We'll follow up with you to learn more about what you've been through. We'd love to hear from you, whether your experience was last month or last decade.  Share your story here.


What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele are revisiting America: What Went Wrong, their landmark 1991 newspaper series, in a new project with the Investigative Reporting Workshop. Over the next year, the project team will examine how four decades of public policy has shaped America's ongoing economic crisis.


Back Story

The authors talk about What Went Wrong

Donald Barlett and James Steele talk about the project, and why they decided to revisit a book they wrote two decades ago, in a series of video clips produced by the Workshop.

Nation's Story

Who pays the taxes?

Who pays the taxes?

We feature charts, maps, photos and other visualizations that reflect the state of the economy as part of our What Went Wrong project. This column chart shows the growing disparity between what individuals and corporations pay in taxes. In the 1950s, the difference was 22 percent. Recent figures show the difference is 62 percent.

Rags to rags: Economic mobility hard to come by

New Pew Center on States report confirms that moving up the American economic ladder is difficult, even though most people have more income than their parents.

Homelessness takes it toll on Florida's youngest

Florida, as a center of the housing boom, still struggles to recover from the Great Recession. Financial stresses and widespread foreclosures have placed families in precarious situations, resulting in a spike in child homelessness. Susannah Nesmith reports in the Broward Bulldog.

Older workers face challenges in Silicon Valley

An advanced degree and experience in the tech sector should be a ticket to a job in today's economy. But older workers in the heart of the new economy, Silicon Valley, are finding their resume is not the issue. Aaron Glantz reports in The Bay Citizen.

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Read an Excerpt

The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

The Betrayal of the American Dream on Google Books

Check out the first chapter of Barlett and Steele's 2012 book here.