October 24th, 2013
09:47 PM ET

Young survivor recounts the Nevada school shooting

Mason is a student at Sparks Middle School. He was there Monday morning, waiting for the first bell, when he heard gunfire. Then he saw his friend, a classmate, coming toward him carrying a nine-millimeter pistol.  Seconds later, Mason was shot in his stomache. Today, as he heals, he is telling his story to Stephanie Elam.

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October 22nd, 2013
10:02 PM ET

Moments of chaos during Nevada school shooting

A community is struggling to come to terms with the deadly shooting at a middle school in Sparks, Nevada, where a student shot and killed a teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life. Now, newly-released 911 recordings are shedding new light on those chaotic moments, and a hero emerges. Stephanie Elam reports.

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August 21st, 2013
10:14 PM ET

New outrage in the Hannah Anderson abduction

Police say James DiMaggio kidnapped Hannah Anderson after killing her mother and and younger brother Ethan. Now DiMaggio's family wants DNA samples from Hannah, saying they believe James DiMaggio fathered both Hannah and Ethan. This comes as we learn DiMaggio named the kids' grandmother as the beneficiary of his life insurance policy. CNN's Stephanie Elam has the latest on all of this.

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April 14th, 2011
01:50 AM ET

The Connection: Shirt detects pollution

Editor's note: CNN's Stephanie Elam reports on an invention designed to visualize pollution.

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March 18th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Video: Office March madness

Stephanie Elam
CNN Business News Correspondent

CNN's Stephanie Elam looks at the correlation between the NCAA basketball tournament and poor office productivity.

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July 24th, 2008
09:41 AM ET

Recessions and black America

Program Note: In the next installment of CNN's Black in America series, Soledad O'Brien examines the successes, struggles and complex issues faced by black men, women and families, 40 years after the death of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Watch encore presentation Saturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. ET

We devote several days on the blog to smart insight and commentary related to the special.


CNN's Stephanie Elam examines the impact of a recession on blacks in the U.S.
CNN's Stephanie Elam examines the impact of a recession on blacks in the U.S.
Stephanie Elam
CNN Business News Correspondent

When I set out to do a story on the effect recessions have on black Americans, I was prepared for some dire statistics. I wasn’t pleasantly surprised. Here’s my biggest takeaway: as the unemployment rate increases for the population overall in a recession, the increase among blacks is roughly double. And when a recession hits, blacks take longer to regain employment after the economy recovers.

As if that isn’t bad enough, it was what I learned about younger black Americans that really left an impact. According to John Schmitt of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the unemployment rate for black teens is about twice that of white teens. In the recession that lasted from 1980 into 1982 – the black teen unemployment rate skyrocketed to 50 percent. FULL POST

Filed under: Black in America • Economy • Stephanie Elam
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