About

The Economic Hardship Reporting Project aims to change the national conversation around both poverty and economic insecurity. The stories we commission—from narrative features to photo-essays and videos—put a human face on financial instability. We fund and place our reportage and photojournalism at the most renowned and popular sites and magazines, from the New York Times to Slate to MSNBC.

EHRP, fiscally sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies, is emerging in a bleak climate. The number of billionaires doubled between 2009 and 2014, but no one else saw much of a windfall. Despite economic growth, inequality continues to rise and poverty to soar. It’s the biggest domestic economic story of our lifetime: intractable, long-term unemployment and a yawning income gap between the wealthy, the middle class, and the working poor.

We at EHRP believe in telling the underreported stories of American inequality through a range of genres and contributors. Inspired by the FSA and the WPA initiatives of the Depression, we want to give voice and work to writers and photographers from unexpected quarters. Our aim is to humanize inequality: some of our writers and photographers are themselves financially on the edge, telling the stories of their communities.

Our multimedia work was nationally recognized in 2016, with a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for domestic photography and an Excellence in Photojournalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. In prior years, our work has been nominated for an Emmy and a National Magazine Award; two of our contributors have also been granted Guggenheim fellowships and one a Getty grant, based on their work with EHRP. 

Moving forward in 2017, we will continue to bring the indignities and inequities of the Trump era into full view. We will back writers and photographers from even-more-diverse class, racial, and geographical backgrounds, telling even more intimate and striking stories.

To view our fiscal sponsor's 990 form, click here.

For more information about EHRP's financial records, contact us.

 

Letter from the Founder & Executive Editor

View the letter on the first page of our 2016 Annual Report below.

Staff


Board of Advisers

Katherine Boo, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the National Book Award for nonfiction.

John Cavanagh serves as executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies, the fiscal sponsor of EHRP.

Chuck Collins is the director of IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good, where he coedits Inequality.org. He is the author of several books, including Reversing Inequality: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of an Equitable Economy.

Matthew Desmond is John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences and codirector of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University. He is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

Bill Fletcher Jr., the former president of TransAfrica Forum, is the author of “They’re Bankrupting Us” – And 20 Other Myths About Unions.

Maria Foscarinis is the founder and executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty. She was a primary architect of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, the first major federal legislation addressing homelessness, and she has litigated to secure the legal rights of homeless persons. 

Jeff Furman has served as Chair of the board of directors at Ben & Jerry’s since 1982. His work with nonprofits includes Social Ventures, an Ithaca-based nonprofit concerned with school equity and poverty, and The EDGE Funders Alliance.

Arlie Hochschild is an American sociologist and academic. She is professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent research found in Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, focuses on the rise of the American right.

Tom Lewandowski is cofounder of the Workers’ Project, a nonprofit in Fort Wayne, Indiana, dedicated to research and education about the quality of life for all working people.

Helaine Olen is an expert on money and society with a deep understanding of public policy. She writes, talks, and consults on issues including social security, retirement, health care, student loans and women’s financial issues. She is the author of Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry

Robert Reich is Chancellor's Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, for which Time magazine named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the twentieth century.

Yoruba Richen is a documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of race, space, and power. Her most recent film, The New Black, won Audience Awards at AFI Docs, Philly Q Fest, and the Frameline LGBT Film Festival.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute.  A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (U.S. President's) Council of Economic Advisers. Based on academic citations, Stiglitz is the 4th most influential economist in the world today, and in 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, asset risk management, corporate governance, and international trade. He is the author of numerous bestsellers, including The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future.

Ray Suarez is an American broadcast journalist and the current John J. McCloy '16 Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College.  Suarez joined the PBS NewsHour in 1999 and was a senior correspondent until 2013. 

 

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Editorial Independence Policy

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.