In West Virginia’s McDowell County, parents and caregivers often lack the support necessary to raise happy, healthy children. In the second of his two part report, John Tulenko looks at new programs that offer a ray of hope.
Reports by John Tulenko
John D. Tulenko is a Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and senior producer at Learning Matters, a non-profit television production company founded in 1995.
In addition to multiple awards from the Education Writers' Association, John has received two Emmy nominations for NewsHour reports: Disappearing Dropouts (2005) and Turnaround Specialist (2007). Additionally, he has received the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in 2000 for the documentary School Sleuth. His recent work has examined literacy in the early grades, bilingual education, workforce readiness, and other subjects in education.
McDowell County, WV, is a hard place to be a kid. The former coal mining community is the poorest in the state, with the highest rates of drug overdose, suicide, and heart disease. A new initiative, which includes the teacher union, is trying to turn this around.