Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Signed into law 25 years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act was supposed to open the doors to employment for many. But only a small percentage of disabled Americans are working today.


Why Disability And Poverty Still Go Hand In Hand 25 Years After Landmark Law

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Disabled Americans are twice as likely to be poor as those without disabilities. They continue to face many financial and physical barriers, despite the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


For Homeless Families, Quick Exit From Shelters Is Only A Temporary Fix

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The rapid rehousing program provides the homeless with short-term rental assistance. But many recipients ultimately face the same problems as those who stay in shelters, a new government study finds.


Americans Donated $358 Billion In 2014 For Record Donations

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Last year was a very good year for charitable giving. In fact, it was the best, according to the Giving USA Foundation that's tracked donations in the U.S. for the past 60 years.


For Baltimore Businesses, Aid For Riot Repair Is Not Coming Fast Enough

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Nearly 400 businesses were damaged during riots after Freddie Gray's death. But weeks later, the repairs are limping along, despite promises of aid from nonprofits and both city and state officials.


Trans In Transition: Finding Friends And Community In D.C.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

While doing a profile of a transgender activist in Washington, D.C., NPR's Pam Fessler heard some touching personal stories from trans women trying to adapt to their new lives.


Casa Ruby Is A 'Chosen Family' For Trans People Who Need A Home

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

After becoming homeless and jobless following her transition to being a woman, Ruby Corado got her act together, and now helps others facing similar challenges. "We have a family here," she says.


FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.


Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Monday, May 18, 2015

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration and seven are expected to follow. It has Republican and Democratic support, but some still worry about cyberthreats.


After Police Are Charged In Gray's Death, Baltimore Awaits Next Steps

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A day after Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, residents of the neighborhood where he grew up hope change will come to the area.


Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Protests turned to celebrations in Baltimore after a prosecutor announced charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The police union is crying foul.


Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some residents complain that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has done little to help the impoverished neighborhoods where much of the unrest occurred. Will the crisis tarnish the rising star?


Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As voting equipment ages, new concerns are being raised.


On Welfare? Don't Use The Money For Movies, Say Kansas Lawmakers

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Legislature has passed a bill that would bar people on public assistance from using cash aid on theme parks, pools and casinos, or from withdrawing more than $25 per day from the ATM.


Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.


Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab — and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.


Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.


Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID requirements are making their way through the courts. Texas and North Carolina are among them.


Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Republicans argue the SNAP program would be more efficient if it were run by states. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is funding an initiative to move recipients into jobs.


Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo

Monday, March 09, 2015

Many of the thousands of youths who arrived in the U.S. in 2014 now live with family, awaiting hearings on whether they can stay. But finding legal and mental health assistance remains a challenge.