Pam Fessler Pam Fessler is a correspondent on NPR's National Desk, where she covers poverty and philanthropy.
Pam Fessler at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 19, 2019. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Voting Rights Ruling By Supreme Court Draws Mixed Reactions

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Shortening Lines At Polling Stations A Challenging Task

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Jasmine Chestnut at her internship at the Center for American Progress in Washington. An at-risk student, Chestnut had almost given up on college when a nonprofit network supported by the government's Social Innovation Fund helped her get back on track. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Komen Cancels Charity Races In Several Cities

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Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs. Erik Lesser/EPA/Landov hide caption

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House, Senate Consider Cuts In Food Stamp Program

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TD Bank volunteers sort donated food into barrels at the Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg in Montgomery County, Md. Poverty in the county just outside Washington, D.C., has grown by two-thirds since 2007. Gabriella Demczuk/NPR hide caption

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Advocates Struggle To Reach Growing Ranks Of Suburban Poor

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Wanda Rayborn, 63, was homeless for nine years and was living under a tree in downtown San Diego two years ago. She now lives in a newly renovated efficiency apartment — part of an initiative to help get homeless people off the streets. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Changes Help San Diego Homeless, But Long Road Remains Ahead

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Voters line up into the night outside a Miami polling station, some waiting for hours to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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Free Tax Help Protects Low-Income Filers From Pricey Loans

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Tony Lithgow, 49, and Andrea Mayer, 51, live together on the streets of Baltimore. Researchers say the aging homeless population is due to younger baby boomers who came of age during the 1970s and '80s, when there were back-to-back recessions. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Linwood Hearne, 64, and his wife, Evelyn, 47, stand near Interstate 83 in Baltimore where they slept on and off for the past four years. Increasingly, the nation's homeless population is getting older, sicker and fraught with complex medical conditions. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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