Rebuilding Haiti: Talk Versus Action
Donna Leinwand is a reporter for the nation's top-selling newspaper, USA Today. She's been with the paper since 2000, covering legal issues, major crimes, the Justice Department, terrorism, and natural disasters. She is also a past president of the National Press Club. Sheri Fink is a senior fellow with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a staff reporter for Pro Publica, and is a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center. She was awarded a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for her investigative piece on doctors at a hospital cut off by Hurricane Katrina flood waters.
In the aftermath of Haiti's 7.0 earthquake, the world turned its attention to the impoverished and devastated island nation. Reporters, relief workers, and volunteers from around the globe rushed to provide coverage and aide. Western leaders announced bold blueprints for building a "new Haiti." Six months later, only a tiny portion of pledged funds have been delivered, over one million Haitians remain homeless, and much of the country's infrastructure remains in ruins. This week on dialogue, host John Milewski speaks with Donna Leinwand of USA Today and Sheri Fink, Public Policy Scholar at the Wilson Center, on their experiences working and reporting in Haiti after the devastation.