Your Life, Your Money - PBS 
           Premiered Sept. '09 on PBS  1 Hour Special for WNED/Buffalo and PBS


               Watch the full special online                            Go to the show's PBS website  



Your Life, Your Money received a 2010 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting-Long Form

Producer-Director: Tom Simon
Segment Producers: Dawn V. Brown, David Pontillo
Writers: Jaime Bernanke, Tom Simon
Editor: David Velazquez
Executive Producers: John Grant, David Rotterman

The challenge is staggering. 80% of graduating college students have credit card debt before they have a job. One in five bankruptcies is filed by people under age 25.

 Your Life, Your Money presents a broad range of basic financial information from banking, savings, and money management to credit, debt, loans and insurance.  Its  goal is to encourage young people to be smart and proactive when it comes to their money.   

Our story is told by a diverse series of real-life characters who are contending with many of the same financial and work-related issues as our target audience. We’ll meet Amanda McCormick, a college student in Florida, who like too many of her peers was lured by easy access to credit cards and is now dealing with staggering debt.  Maria Cortez is the daughter of Mexican immigrants whose entrepreneurial drive has helped turn her family business into a thriving concern. Now she’s beginning to plan ahead, for her parents’ and her own retirement. Rochelle James is a single mom who struggled for years to care for her family then managed to get training as an electrician through an innovative program.  Today she has a union job with full benefits and helps counsel her peers with their financial problems. Tim Bouchard is a freelance graphic designer who faces the unique challenges of self-employment.

 The program is hosted by television and movie actor Donald Faison, best known for his role as Turk in the long-running TV series Scrubs.




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