An Evening with Naomi Schalit

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Thursday, January 19th at 7pm

Kendall Room, Coombs Municipal Building

The Bowdoinham Public Library welcomes Naomi Schalit, a senior reporter from the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting.  Naomi has just published a five part series entitled “Single Parents in Poverty: The crisis no one will name”. In this powerful series of articles, Naomi calls attention to a dramatic change in the Maine family — a 500 percent increase in the proportion of children born to single parents in the last 43 years. Nearly half of all births in the state are now to mothers who are not married.

 

At a time when poverty and welfare have become polarizing political issues in Maine, the very people who know the most about this problem don’t want to talk frankly about it for fear of backlash against the parents and children they are trying to help. It took nine months of digging into the problem — interviews with national experts, days spent with single mothers, time in the state prison with single fathers and repeated visits with teachers, social workers and public officials — for Schalit to bring forward this essential story.

 

Naomi will share with us the information she found while investigating this series, and lead us in an informal discussion about the role of investigative reporting in Maine and in our current democracy.

If you would like to read the series click this link.