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Tools: St. Louis Fed Joins PBS on YouTube

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The St. Louis Fed has been working with KETC (Channel 9), the St. Louis PBS station, since the summer of 2008 in an effort to educate St. Louis-area residents about the mortgage and financial crises. KETC created a web site called Facing the Mortgage Crisis and an accompanying YouTube channel, which highlights videos of economists and other experts speaking on related topics.

Among the experts is St. Louis Fed economist Bill Emmons, who appeared on the national PBS program "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" as part of a week-long spotlight on the St. Louis region. Emmons addressed the regional employment situation as part of a panel discussion moderated by PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill. Other participants included Tony Thompson, CEO of the Kwame Building Group; Ellen Sherberg, publisher of the St. Louis Business Journal, and Michael Holmes, executive director of the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment. Watch the broadcast segment or read the transcript. Emmons is also featured in 12 segments on the KETC YouTube channel discussing a variety topics related to the financial crisis and the St. Louis region.

In another spotlight episode the same week, St. Louis economist Howard Wall joined a forum of St. Louis business leaders at a St. Louis Fed economic forum filmed for the April 29 "The Newshour with Jim Leher" program. The topic was the importance of downtown St. Louis. Gwen Ifill, PBS' senior national correspondent for "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," hosted the forum, which also included Jim Alexander, vice president of business recruitment for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association; Rodney Crim, executive director of the St. Louis Development Corporation; and Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. The video appears below: