This reporting website was designed to support a project about covering poverty, at the University of Georgia’s Grady School of Journalism and Communications.

It is a place for reporters from any outlet or medium to learn about and test approaches to complex issues. The site focuses on using data to support in-person reporting and to explain and visualize the size, shape and trends for these issues.

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Lisa Schnellinger developed and leads the site. She has more than 30 years of experience in the US and overseas, as a reporter, editor, photographer, trainer and media developer.

Poverty coverage has been part of Lisa’s career from the beginning, in Ohio in 1980, where the Steel Valley was in the midst of its downward spiral. She spent much of her four years in Warren, Ohio reporting on unemployment, poverty, and related social issues. Moving to Seattle, her coverage of education and urban politics explored race, demographics and the wealth and income gap.

Lisa gained a new perspective on poverty and economic development when she began to train journalists in developing countries and emerging democracies. Since 1991 she has created, managed, and edited reporting projects as well as training local journalists in Afghanistan, Armenia, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Iraq, the Pacific Islands, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and other countries.

Throughout her career, Lisa has also worked as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. In recent years she has returned to local issues in America, developing and writing for community websites in North Georgia. She continues to work long-distance with her colleagues in Pakistan and elsewhere in the region.

You can view her Linked-In profile here.


NONPROFITS: Carolyn Crist

Carolyn Crist graduated from the University of Georgia in 2010 with degrees in Newspapers and English. While at UGA, Carolyn was editor-in-chief of The Red & Black, the independent student-run newspaper. She also contributed to the Covering Poverty website under the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. After working at The Times in Gainesville, Ga. as an education and political reporter, she joined UGA’s Foundation Fellowship as a program coordinator and was recently admitted to Grady College’s graduate school program in journalism.

GIVING: JoAnn Anderson

JoAnn Anderson, from Lawrenceville, Ga., is a first-year master’s student at the University of Georgia, where she has a concentration in advertising. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2009 with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and journalism. She is currently the recipient of the Grady College/Georgia Power assistantship, and works as a marketing/publicity assistant for University of Georgia Press, the campus book publisher. Anderson has worked previously as a Robert Bartley fellow for Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, a communications intern for Governor Sonny Perdue, and a newsroom intern for the Gwinnett Daily Post.

WEALTH/INCOME: Kathleen Raven

Kathleen M. Raven worked for daily newspapers in Georgia and North Carolina before returning to the University of Georgia to complete two master’s degrees. As a recent Fulbright scholar in the Berlin Capital Program, Kathleen observed differences in global press business models and journalistic best practices. Kathleen also participated as a science writing fellow in the National Academy of Sciences Keck Future Initiatives event in 2010. She currently works as a science writer for the UGA News Service and will complete her degrees in Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development (M.S.) and Health & Medical Journalism (M.A.) in 2012.


Angela Reinhardt has been a reporter with The Pickens County Progress for more than four years. In that time she has covered a variety of topics, from local government to profiles to human interest stories. Two of her investigative stories resulted in changes to the way the local government operates. She studied English at Kennesaw State University where she worked on the student newspaper, The Sentinel. Following graduation with honors she did ghostwriting for a client in New York City. She currently gives news updates on a local radio station once a week and will be contributing to/hosting two weekly radio programs. She also serves on the Sharptop Arts Association’s board of directors.

Photography by Al Clayton is credited on this site. Other photos were contributed by Lisa Schnellinger.