Dave Gustafson is a Public Insight Network reporter -- and the first-ever reporter hired to do journalism out of gamification. He embedded with Patchwork Nation, a project of the Jefferson Institute, to report around the Budget Hero game in June.
Born in an Industrial Metropolis, he grew up in Service Worker Center and Campus and Careers community types. He now lives in a Monied Burb near Washington, D.C. Most recently, Dave was acting managing editor for digital news at the PBS NewsHour.
This week, the Congressional Budget Office published new 10-year estimates of federal spending, tax revenues and deficits. We took the opportunity to find how players of the Budget Hero game approached those hot-button issues.
As lawmakers move beyond the messages and rhetoric of Tuesday's State of the Union address and consider policy changes to stabilize the country's financial well-being, we thought it might be helpful to share with them some insights we've gleaned from America's Budget Heroes.
More than half of tonight’s 90-minute debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will focus on the economy and so-called pocketbook issues like unemployment and taxes. But nearly every issue, be it Medicare or military spending, has implications for the nation’s finances. So it might be wise for the candidates to consider how... Read more »
With Budget Hero’s relaunch this week, some University of Maryland students were among the first to play the online game’s new Election Edition in hopes of putting federal spending on a more sustainable path, even if it meant serious personal sacrifices.
The Obama campaign is focusing its efforts in Southeast Ohio on recruiting local volunteers to canvass their own neighborhoods. “Some of the best conversations you’re going to have are going to take place in Kroger,” one campaign volunteer said.
Mitt Romney's bus tour made stops across Southeast Ohio Tuesday, in towns that could cast the decisive votes in November's presidential election. But are the campaigns addressing rural voters' top priorities?
Since 2008, Budget Hero, which was developed by the Public Insight team at American Public Media (APM) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been helping Americans better understand how the massive federal budget works, the various tradeoffs involved, and how fiscal decisions affect Americans and future generations. With debt and deficit concerns... Read more »