Reporter Mike Hudson is not your typical poverty beat reporter. In his years of reporting in Virginia, the Wall Street Journal, and on an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, Hudson went beyond social services to look at the business of poverty.
Hudson investigated businesses who make their money by taking advantage of the poor, and loan officers who falsified applications from borrowers who wouldn’t have otherwise qualified. He was interviewed in Columbia Journalism Review about his approach to poverty coverage.
Often new regulations or tougher laws are treated as threats to profitability, as threats to business—as an attack on business rather than as an attempt to rein in bad practices and actually serve as guiding principle that can help businesses stay out of trouble and stay profitable in the long run and not blow up, as we’ve seen.