CNN Debuts Initiative On The Economy


As part of CNN’s election coverage, the network will bring viewers in-depth coverage of the single issue that matters most to them: the economy. 

The ongoing initiative, titled Issue #1 and reported by the CNN Money Team --  comprised of the premier financial reporters, experts and analysts from CNN/U.S. and -- will provide substantive coverage of the financial challenges facing Americans today.

Issue #1 kicks off Monday with a week of programming from noon to 1 p.m. and special reports throughout the day that will offer CNN viewers advice about their jobs, savings, debt and homes. This week’s  programming will be anchored by Ali Velshi, CNN’s senior business correspondent and host of Your $$$$$, Gerri Willis, anchor of Open House and personal finance editor for CNN, and the CNN Money Team.

According to CNN polls, Americans consider the economy to be the most important issue affecting their lives today.  To that end, Velshi, Willis and other experts will report on what consumers can do to plan for their financial security. In addition,, starting Monday, will provide online resources including video and interactive tools at to complement the series.

On air, Issue #1 will include a look into homeless campgrounds in San Bernadino County, Calif., a county experiencing a surge in families displaced from their homes and having nowhere else to go. 

Issue #1 also will investigate the reason for escalating cost of goods, how Federal Reserve decisions affect Americans the financial condition of Americans, why environment-friendly jobs sometimes called “green-collar jobs” could be among the fastest-growing segments of the job market over the next 10 years; and how high gas prices could go.

Online, will offer coverage focusing on the economy, jobs, real estate, gas and personal investment; select video from CNN’s on-air coverage; an interactive element that allows users to explore bear markets in the United States over the last 50 years; and daily polls tied to American attitudes about the slowing economy.