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FRONTLINE presents "Poor Kids"


Wednesday, November 22nd at 10 PM on WGVU Public Television, FRONTLINE presents Poor Kids. This is the 2018 update on the three families living in poverty as told through the eyes of their children. WGVU spoke with the producer of Poor Kids.

In 2012 Frontline introduced audiences to three kids living in poverty. Have conditions changed five years later?

“Through this film you get to learn what their fears are what they worry about and that’s what I think is quite crushing is that you realize how much anxiety there is even in a nine year olds life.”

Poor Kids producer Jezza Neuman explains he has spent days with these children witnessing their reality and hearing their uncensored points of view.

“These kids are living with anxiety which then, as you shift into 2017, you start to see how those anxieties are growing even deeper. And therefore you start to really understand why so many adults living in poverty have by now starting to suffer from mental health issues and are depressed and do suffer depression because you can see that by five years a child has suffered this you can imagine what this will do another five years as they turn into adulthood where they have been knocked back again and again and again.”

FRONTLINE presents Poor Kids airing tonight @ 10 on WGVU Public Television.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.