Watertown, NY – WPBS-TV and the Watertown Daily Times present More to the Story: ESPRI, airing on WPBS-TV on Sunday, June 23 at 6:30pm, rebroadcasting on Saturday, June 29 at 6:30pm, and streaming online at watch.wpbstv.org. Watertown Daily Times journalists Olivia Belanger and Craig Fox, along with WPBS-TV Producer and Executive Director of Production, Tracy DuFlo, speak to officials and business people in Jefferson County to learn more about the root of the poverty issue. The article will run in the Watertown Daily Times on Sunday, June 23 and online at NNY360.com.

Almost 22 percent of people in the Watertown area live in poverty, well above the state average. Community members have struggled for years to fight against poverty with limited progress and resources until now. In 2018, the city of Watertown received a $1 million grant through the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative, or ESPRI program, to help combat poverty in the city. This campaign is the first of its kind to help local anti-poverty initiatives get a solid start. This edition of More to the Story takes a look at some of the initiatives and programs that the city of Watertown has undertaken to help combat poverty, how the money has been spent, and the results.

About More to the Story
More to the Story
 is a public affairs program produced by WPBS-TV in collaboration with the Watertown Daily Times. WPBS-TV producers team up with Watertown Daily Times reporters to bring unprecedented value and depth to topics affecting the region. Each More to the Story episode features two components; an article in the Sunday edition of the Watertown Daily Times and at NNY360.com and a video component, airing on WPBS-TV on Sunday’s at 6:30pm and available online at watch.wpbstv.org.

WPBS-TV is a non-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario.  WPBS-TV’s mission is to educate, entertain and inform our two-nation audience through superior local and national content and media engagement in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.  More information about WPBS is available at www.wpbstv.org, or by following WPBS on Twitter and Facebook.

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