The PBS FRONTLINE/NPR investigation “Business of Disaster,” examines why thousands of residents of New Jersey and New York are still struggling more than three years after a huge East Coast storm devastated their communities.
NPR reporter Laura Sullivan teamed up with the PBS FRONTLINE production team — writer-producer Rick Young and associate producers Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer — based at the Investigative Reporting Workshop and the School of Communication to take a deep dive into the nation’s disaster-recovery system. Their reporting reveals major problems with the flood-insurance program and efforts to build more resilient communities.
This is the ninth co-production between Young and his team and the Workshop, through which four students contributed additional reporting, research and production assistance.
MORE IN THIS SERIES:
- D. Ashley Campbell investigates federal disaster relief programs through an interactive timeline.
- Emma Schwartz takes a deep dive into the big business of disaster recovery.
- NPR’s Laura Sullivan talks about her career as a journalist and the power of visual storytelling.
MORE FROM PBS FRONTLINE:
- Patrice Taddonio on whether and how insurance companies profit after a natural disaster and whether the government tracks their costs and profits.
- Sarah Childress on how states and cities are bracing for the next big disaster.
- Priyanka Boghani on FEMA’s announcement of reforms to the flood-insurance program.