John Ketchum is an assistant producer for Marketplace’s wealth & poverty desk. Ketchum’s role is to generate new ideas, support reporters and producers and produce radio and online content. Ketchum joins Marketplace from WCMU public radio in Mount Pleasant, Mich. where he was a reporter for 4 years. In addition, he has been an intern at National Public Radio headquarters in Washington, DC where he worked on the show, Tell Me More with Michel Martin.  He has also been a participant in the National Association of Black Journalists student project mentoring program. Ketchum holds a degree from Central Michigan University and is a 2009 recipient of the Radio Television Digital News Association Ed Bradley Award for outstanding collegiate journalist. In his free time, Ketchum enjoys reading, exercising and cheering on his favorite team, the Detroit Lions.

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Features by John Ketchum

It's tax time! What should I do with my refund?

A closer look at the psychology behind filing tax returns.
Posted In: Taxes

FCC caps rates for prison phone calls

This week the FCC adopted new phone rates for people in prison, jail or detention centers.
Posted In: prison

Should community college be free? A Twitter chat roundup

A proposal in Tennessee to offer associate’s and technical degrees for free.
Posted In: community college, Tennessee Promise

Twitter Chat Roundup: Do you tell people how much you make?

Do the non-rich feel comfortable telling people how much money they have?
Posted In: income, paychecks

In the trenches of the War on Poverty

From January 8, 1963, to today, we look back at the history of the War on Poverty.

"Why do you think people are poor?"

Fifteen percent of Americans live in poverty. That official rate hasn't dropped much since 1964.

Giving to the arts, culture and humanities

In 2012, giving to organizations geared towards supporting the arts, culture, and humanities jumped 7 percent, totaling over $14 billion.
Posted In: philanthropy, Arts, museums

Giving to international aid

Between 2011 and 2012, giving to international aid went up by more than 2 percent.
Posted In: international aid, natural disasters

Giving to human services

Giving to human services jumped by more than 3 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Giving to individuals

Donations to friends and family is a form of giving that can’t be calculated, since it usually happens in private circles and off the books.

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