One year unemployed. It’s a reality for thousands of Pittsburghers. Hearst’s WTAE brings viewers into the struggles, perseverance and hope of people on the unemployment line, one year into the pandemic.
One year unemployed. It’s a reality for thousands of Pittsburghers.
This special Chronicle showcases investigative reporter Paul Van Osdol’s year-long efforts uncovering the broken and aging unemployment system which paralyzed Pennsylvania’s response during the pandemic.
Host Janelle Hall shares emotional stories of small business owners making the wrenching decision between paying the bills and keeping employees on the payroll.
“Nearly half a million people are still unemployed in our state,” says Charles W. Wolfertz III, WTAE’s GM.
“This Chronicle episode puts a face to those struggling. They are our neighbors who are deciding whether to go without food or which bill to pay. They are asking for benefits rightly theirs — but are not receiving help. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on the problem, so the right people will make the necessary decisions to fix it.”