AP series to examine health of Social Security

Aug. 2, 2012
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The Associated Press will examine the state of Social Security and its long-term health in a four-part series of stories beginning Sunday.

At a time when many Americans worry whether Social Security will be there for them during retirement, the series will assess the current health of the system and various proposals to ensure its strength. Stories will also explore the chances that public officials will tackle these politically charged options in the coming years. 

The reporting, including interactive and video elements, is an example of how AP is focusing on issues that matter during this presidential election year and responding to requests from its member news organizations and other customers for this kind of substantive coverage apart from the political horse race.

"Few things affect more Americans than the future of Social Security, and yet it’s an issue mostly invisible during the current campaign," said AP Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee, who is directing the series. "This series of stories tries to lay out complex issues in the most accessible way possible. This is part of ongoing efforts by The Associated Press this fall to make sure issues aren’t absent from the campaign, but front and center. That’s what our members and customers tell us they want -- coverage of important issues."

The series will roll out over the four Sundays in August. Washington reporter Stephen Ohlemacher is the lead writer.

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