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Without A Net: Voices of the Working Poor

During the week of December 3, 2012, WUOT Producers Matt Shafer Powell and Leslie Snow introduced us to a group of people often underrepresented in discussions about entitlements and employment.  Without A Net: Voices of the Working Poor highlighted the lives of six East Tennesseans for whom hope is often an unaffordable luxury. 

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Holly and Kay are good friends and roommates locked in a constant struggle to keep a handle on their expenses.

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Rusty is unable to drive because of a visual disability and relies on buses to get her back and forth to her job at Walgreen's.

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Dhafer's family left Iraq when someone planted a bomb in their garden. Today, he's working part-time at a home improvement store while he looks for work as a civil engineer.

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Robin delivers newspapers overnight and spends her days taking care of her growing family.

Leslie is a WUOT News contributor. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but has been moving steadily south since her college days at Indiana University. She received her master’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Arlington before settling in Knoxville with her husband and three children.