Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Income Gap
May 22, 2012 2:04:15 PM PDT
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

February 26, 2012
Bridging the Income Gap
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This episode of Beyond the Headlines talks about the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

According to a study by the Public Policy Institute of California, the state's middle class has shrunk to 48% of the population, down from a high of 60% in the 1980s. This change in income has affected the poorest Californians the most with a loss of 21% of their income. The middle class has suffered an 11% loss, and the wealthiest Californians suffered 8%.

Today's show looks at the growing income gap and what is being done to bridge the divide. Discussion topics include education, job creation, and technology.

Studio Guests

Sarah Bohn, Ph.D.
Policy Fellow,
Public Policy Institute of California

Carole Leigh Hutton
President and CEO,
United Way Silicon Valley

Emmett Carson
CEO and President,
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Mercedes Hernandez-Monroy
Interim Executive Director,

Leo Sosa
Youth Programs Manager

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