NPR, PBS FRONTLINE and IRW team up to investigate the nation’s disaster-recovery system.

By Laura Sullivan, Rick Young, Emma Schwartz and Fritz Kramer


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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.

The program aired on Tuesday, May 24th, on PBS stations across the country. Stories also were broadcast May 24 on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and on May 25 on “Morning Edition.”