The year has been a year fraught with political turmoil for much of the United States, with major changes on the horizon for many families and communities across the country. What better place to uncover and tell those stories than the epicenter of American policymaking? This year’s Reporting the Nation/Reporting New York students trekked to our nation’s capital to do it. Join us in our Washington, D.C., journeys as we confront the issues facing America’s most vulnerable communities, from sex trafficking to healthcare to the opioid crisis. Read our stories here.
Graduate students from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute spent a recent weekend in the swing state Pennsylvania, covering stories surrounding the 2016 Presidential Election. The Reporting the Nation and New York cohort spent the weekend in Philadelphia. Students in the Business and Economic Reporting program headed to Scranton.
Pennsylvania is known as a demographic bridge between mid-western states and the northeast states. Through this year’s contentious Presidential Election, various outlets, and polls have noted that Pennsylvania joins a select list of states that have the power to decide who will become the country’s next president. The state, which has leaned Democrat since 1992, has large pockets of red counties that can sway the state. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, remains a Democratic stronghold, while smaller cities like Scranton, formerly Democratic, are emerging as Republican.
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A special report by the staff of Pavement Pieces explores Harlem today.
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The winners of the NY Primary, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
This story was written by Eugene Y. Santos and reported by Taisha Henry, Alexandra Zuccaro, Karis Rogerson and Eugene Y. Santos.
New Yorkers came out for the home team yesterday, launching Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to big victories over their rivals.
Business tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump trounced John Kasich and Ted Cruz with 60 percent of the votes. John Kasich was in second place at 25 percent and Ted Cruz, a very distant third, was sunk by his derogatory comments about “New York values,” which led to a series of blistering attacks throughout his NY campaign.
Hillary Clinton put an end to Bernie Sanders’s seven-state winning streak by beating the Vermont senator by double digits, 58 percent to Sanders’ 42 percent. Although Sanders was born in New York and held large public events in the state, Clinton served the state as senator and lives in Chappaqua, New York. Clinton has done well in states with large minority populations, while Sanders has been victorious in overwhelmingly white states.
At the polls yesterday, New Yorkers had a chance to be heard through their votes.
Julie Ferri, a Democrat who voted at the Ingersoll Community Center in Brooklyn, said she supports candidates that advocate progressive thinking, and that was best illustrated by both Sanders and Clinton.
“I really like how the Democratic party is pushing immigration reforms, improvement of wages and education, LGBT freedom, women’s rights—pretty much everything,” said Ferri.
But voters Sharon Wexler and Ebony Hunter were more vocal about supporting Clinton.
“This might be the best year for her,” added Hunter. “I hope she gets ahead of everybody. She has the best interests for us at this time and I feel she’ll do a good job in helping stop war engagements, because right now, a lot of Americans are losing their family members [because of war conflicts] and it’s not getting any better from what I observed. I think if people give Hillary a shot at presidency, we’ll have a better chance in life.”
Meanwhile, Republican voter Anthony Lopez understands that Trump’s statements often go too far, but he still cast his vote for Trump at the Times Square Hotel polling station.
“I know that presidents in general can’t do everything they say they are going to do, but in this case, I think what matters more is the general direction and leadership style that the future US president will pursue and take,” said Lopez. “That’s why I voted for Trump, for his leadership experience. It would be interesting to see what happens.”
Although for some, settling and managing corporate matters is an entirely different story from being president.
“Trump really reminds me of a spoiled 5-year-old, like when you see an undisciplined child who just blurts out what s/he wants to say without thinking about it,” said Kaye Copes, a nurse who lives in Harlem. “He’s into dividing people and I don’t like that. We (the US) have come so far that we don’t need to deal with that.”
At the end of the day, despite differing political beliefs and the voting irregularity in Brooklyn, a lot of New Yorkers share the same hope of seeing a wiser and more economically sound country.
“I just hope that the next US president will be able to lessen the gap between the rich and the poor,” said Sonia Allen, a middle school director living in Harlem. “It might help if s/he will focus on youth empowerment and education. They (young Americans) are our future.”
Next stop for the candidates is yet another “Super Tuesday” on April 26, with more east coast states holding primaries. Those states, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island should continue the Trump and Clinton’s march to the nomination experts said.
The staff of Pavement Pieces, traveled to Baltimore for a 3-day multimedia project. The students covered multiple issues that showed the struggles and promise of the city.
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