Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America: Joe Donnell

Jun 8, 2016

In North Dakota, poverty hits counties with Indian reservations far harder than most of the rest of the state. Joe Donnell is the executive director of Warriors Circle, an organization working to build leadership skills among Native American men.

Today, we hear his personal story of overcoming abuse, and how it relates to the larger picture of how cycles of abuse often happen in poverty-stricken areas.

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is ​WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: what has worked – and what is working to bring people out of poverty – and what lessons we can and must learn for the future.

Chasing the Dream news reports can be found online and on air on PBS NewsHour WeekendMetroFocusNJTV News and Long Island Business Report. The initiative will also include a signature nationally distributed one-hour documentary that will focus on one or more of the promises, pitfalls, and/or paradoxes in the search for the American dream and in-depth reporting on the ongoing economic challenges of Atlantic City as it struggles with the implosion of its casino industry and the loss of more than 8,000 jobs.​

Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.​​