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AC360° Associate Producer
Tonight we’re teaming up with a variety of other networks and celebrities around the world to raise awareness to the ongoing crisis in Haiti. At 8 p.m. we’re airing “Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief,” a two-hour, star-studded telethon. It is expected to be one of the most widely distributed prime-time televised benefits in history, appearing on more than 25 networks, and will raise money for the earthquake-ravaged country.
Anderson, who will lead the program with George Clooney and Wyclef Jean (to name a few), is on the ground in Haiti. He’s been there for more than a week and will give an update on what he’s seen over the past eight days. He’ll report on the aftermath of the quake and how Haitians continue to struggle to find relief amid the seemingly impenetrable obstacles of challenging logistics.
Reports today indicate that while the rate at which aid is getting to Haiti is going up, the speed at which it’s being distributed is comparatively sluggish. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that large quantities of medications, baby formula and other supplies are sitting on the tarmac and in warehouses at the Port-au-Prince airport, but they're not being efficiently distributed.
UNICEF says that children are missing from Haiti hospitals, raising fears of human trafficking, and orphans are still in danger. Officials are preparing to move hundreds of thousands of survivors from makeshift camps in the country’s capital. But where will they go? And are they getting the much-needed food, water and basic supplies they need? We’ll have the latest on today’s developments in Haiti tonight after the special benefit.
President Obama put a strong focus on the economy and jobs this week, but is it too late to win back confidence in his administration? Yesterday, he reached out to Democratic leadership to discuss the future of health care reform. Will he be able to salvage the health care overhaul at the top of his agenda? His State of the Union Address is next Wednesday. What would you like to hear from the President?
And Jay Leno to the White House? Fresh off his public spat with Conan O’Brien and NBC execs, Leno has agreed to headline the White House Correspondents’ Dinner – the annual black tie event that awards $132, 000 in college scholarships on May 1.
What else are you following? Let us know and see you at 8 p.m. for the televised benefit and again at 10 p.m. for AC360° live from Haiti.
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