Poverty and Inequality: A Discussion with Robert Reich

A former labor secretary shares his perspective on the defining economic story of our times

Monday, Nov. 16, 1 p.m. Eastern

From the corridors of the White House to the halls of academia, Robert Reich has spent a career researching, understanding and trying to mitigate America’s growing economic inequality. It’s been an uphill battle: As the top strata has taken a progressively larger share of America’s income and wealth, the middle class and poor have seen theirs stagnate or drop. When this has happened in the past – think the Gilded Age of the late 19th century – the public eventually rose up against the excesses of the rich. That could happen again, particularly given the twin economic setbacks of the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic. In this National Press Foundation briefing, Robert Reich will talk about the nation’s growing inequality and what can be done about it.

Q&A to follow.




Robert Reich, former secretary of labor, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of 18 books, including “The System: Who Rigged it, How to Fix It” and “Saving Capitalism”



Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the next round of journalism prizes

The National Press Foundation is offering $4,000 prizes for the best reporting on the effects of racism and/or inequality on American society. Journalists must attend at least two trainings to be eligible for the awards. Details are here.

Mark your calendar for NPF poverty briefings. This briefing is part of an ongoing National Press Foundation series designed to help journalists cover children and families in poverty as COVID-19 derails the economy, worsens deprivation and exposes longtime inequalities.

Previous speakers have included social justice advocate Rev. William Barber II, Nobel Prize-winning economist Abhijit Banerjee, and child development experts Anna Johnson of Georgetown University and Hirokazu Yoshikawa of New York University. Their talks and others can be found at https://nationalpress.org/topics/poverty/

The awards and the trainings are funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Heising-Simons Foundation. NPF is solely responsible for the content.