Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
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Panel Charged With Eliminating Child Abuse Deaths

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Linda Beckford (right) exercises as part of a walking group that tries to make their neighborhood a better place to live. If nothing else, the seniors feel more confident about going outside. Quoctrung Bui/NPR hide caption

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Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive A Brooklyn Neighborhood?

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Robert Bauer (far left) and Benjamin Ginsberg (far right) are co-chairmen of the president's Commission on Election Administration, appointed to find solutions to election-related issues. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Melissa Conklin, 23, stands in the kitchen of her two-bedroom apartment at Woodmere Trace in Norfolk, Va. She earns about $30,000 a year at a nearby car dealership, and says these apartments are not only convenient, but affordable. She pays about $900 a month here, far less than other apartments in the area. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Nonprofits Pull In Investors To Tackle Housing Affordability

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Shorter Lines? For Elections Commission, It's Common Sense

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President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, greet Tom Fletcher's family in Inez, Ky., in 1964. Fletcher was an unemployed saw mill worker with eight children. Bettman/Corbis hide caption

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In Appalachia, Poverty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

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Colby Kirk of Inez, Ky., is a junior at the University of Kentucky, studying to be a financial analyst. He says there aren't many opportunities for college grads in his hometown. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Coal-Mining Area Grapples With How To Keep 'Bright Young Minds'

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President Lyndon Johnson, on the porch of Tom Fletcher's cabin, listens to Fletcher describe some of the problems in Martin County, Ky., in 1964. Bettmann/Corbis hide caption

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Kentucky County That Gave War On Poverty A Face Still Struggles

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Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)

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I Applied For An Online Payday Loan. Here's What Happened Next

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"Every day I go out and push my son around and fill out applications," Tonilyn Rowe said. "But obviously it's not a good look to walk into a job with a stroller." Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Is Welfare 'A Rational Alternative To Work'?

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The Other Side Of The Economic Divide

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The Poverty Rate Ignores Programs That Fight Poverty

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