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

Whole Foods will open in depressed Chicago neighborhood

Whole Foods is opening a new location in Englewood, a low-income neighborhood on Chicago's south side.

Farm worker selfies: Pics for immigration reform

The UFW's new campaign, “Photos From The Field,” encourages farm workers to take pictures of themselves with their cell phones.
Posted In: Immigration

What people in Midtown think about Whole Foods-Detroit

Upscale grocer Whole Foods is opening a location in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood. The area is mostly poor, but many residents are excited to gain access to high-quality foods. Others aren't convinced that the store is catering to them.
Posted In: Whole Foods, Detroit, poverty, grocery stores, Food, food deserts

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is not about showing kids the work

“Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” isn’t about showing your kids how you make money.
Posted In: take your child to work day

Show Us Your Safety Net!

Have you ever had to go on government programs like welfare or food stamps? Or maybe you’ve had to ask your family or a close friend for financial assistance. If so, we want to hear from you!

The 5 philanthropists you should be watching

The Chronicle of Philanthropy's 50 most generous donors from 2012 list shows that there are more donors under 40 giving away more than ever before. Here are five you should pay attention to.
Posted In: philanthropy, giving

Photos: You know you're wealthy when...

People from all backgrounds weigh in on what makes a person wealthy.
Posted In: Wealth and Poverty, wealth

Fun facts from the Census on jobs by gender and race

The U.S. Census Bureau today released a burst of data on who works in which profession and where. We plucked out a few interesting facts from the release.
Posted In: women, Jobs, race, Economy, census

Is personal responsibility the key to ending poverty?

Two takes from experts on both sides of the political spectrum on why people are poor and what they can do about it.
Posted In: poverty, personal responsiblity, tough choices

'Sesame Street' and the 99%

The puppet cast of the children's TV show "Sesame Street" represents a cross section of Americans -- from the orphan child Big Bird to the independently wealthy Bert and Ernie to the homeless Oscar the Grouch.
Posted In: Sesame Street

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