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.
Posted In: Taxes
A closer look at the psychology behind filing tax returns.
Posted In: prison
This week the FCC adopted new phone rates for people in prison, jail or detention centers.
Posted In: community college, Tennessee Promise
A proposal in Tennessee to offer associate’s and technical degrees for free.
Posted In: income, paychecks
Do the non-rich feel comfortable telling people how much money they have?
From January 8, 1963, to today, we look back at the history of the War on Poverty.
Fifteen percent of Americans live in poverty. That official rate hasn't dropped much since 1964.
Posted In: philanthropy, Arts, museums
In 2012, giving to organizations geared towards supporting the arts, culture, and humanities jumped 7 percent, totaling over $14 billion.
Posted In: international aid, natural disasters
Between 2011 and 2012, giving to international aid went up by more than 2 percent.
Giving to human services jumped by more than 3 percent from 2011 to 2012.
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.