Jeff Jones is the Engagement Editor for the Public Insight Network. He’s worked for Minnesota Public Radio/American Public Media since 2003, including producing and directing MPR’s “All Things Considered” with host Tom Crann from 2006 to 2010. He has edited hundreds of broadcast interviews, but the most memorable ones feature “regular folks” with surprising stories to tell.
Jeff strongly believes that places have stories, too. So he created MPR Sound Point, a mobile phone-based audio tour of interesting places in Minneapolis and Duluth that gives listeners a chance to “talk back” via the PIN.
If you served in the U.S. military, your expertise can help reporters tell the story of the modern veteran experience. Here are a few specific ways your experience can help others understand this generation of veterans.
American troops are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to wait in line, joining a growing queue of veterans seeking compensation -- payments and other support -- from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities.
Across the country, local VA offices are struggling to process the backlog of more than 800,000 disability benefits claims. It can take months -- sometimes more than a year -- for veterans to find out how much, if at all, they'll be compensated for health issues related to their service.
Even when half the country wakes up thrilled and the other half disappointed, there's no escaping the fact that progress tends to start on the ground level. So: How do you plan to improve your own little corner of the world?
Every two years — and especially every four — Americans are confronted with a red-blue divide that polarizes the candidates and the public. The stories we've heard from more than 500 people paint a picture of a social fabric under tremendous strain from the pressures of the political season.