United States

Route to Recovery

A trip through the epicenters of the American recession


Reflections on the Route to Recovery

A team of Reuters journalists toured America in November 2009 to examine the impact of the recession and the prospects for recovery.

Now, reporter Nick Carey has written an extended overview of what the journey revealed about the challenges and opportunities facing the world's biggest economy.   Full Article | Video 

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    Homeless in Providence

    Joblessness and the recession have pushed homeless shelters beyond capacity. But some families are turning things around, one day at a time.   Blog 


      Toyota plant workers sheltered from the downturn

      Last year Toyota came up with way to prevent layoffs in Birmingham despite the slump in auto sales.   Blog | Video 


        Short sale a good deal for couple looking to move

        One Pensacola couple found that waiting to buy a home was a good move.   Blog | Video 


          Downturn brings fresh pain to struggling Gulf shrimpers

          High costs and competition from imported farm-raised shrimp have hit Gulf Coast shrimpers hard, and the recession has only made things worse.  Blog | Video 


            Feeling the economy’s pain, but to a lesser degree

            To an outside observer, it seems Austin has taken a light hit from the recession. But when it comes to economic pain, it’s all a matter of perspective.   Blog 


              Learn to live with less

              "I keep hearing that the economy is recovering but I just don’t see it," says Denny Robertson, struggling to make it to his next paycheck after a 10 percent pay cut.   Blog 


                Home of the low rollers

                Casinos love gamblers who spend big looking for a good time, late nights and a lot of fun. But Laughlin ain’t Vegas, Toto.  Blog 


                  Strains of downturn lead to rising domestic abuse

                  During tough economic times in the Imperial Valley, staff members at the Center for Family Solutions have as much domestic violence work as they can handle.   Blog | Video 


                    Jobless, homeless, all this small band has is each other

                    With no work, no home and few prospects, three men share a camp in the woods outside Charlotte and hope to turn their lives around.   Blog | Video 



                        Video Diary

                        Ohio town develops recovery plan

                        A former steel town looks at new industries for a brighter future.   Video 

                        Housing trouble hits military families

                        Soldiers forced to transfer are facing the prospect of losing money on homes they are forced to sell.  Video 

                        Housing trouble hits military families

                        Soldiers forced to transfer are facing the prospect of losing money on homes they are forced to sell.   Video 

                        Watching the border

                        Border patrol agents in California describe the technical systems that guard the border with Mexico.  Video 

                        Demand surges at Texas food bank

                        A food bank serving 21 counties in Texas is seeing a 60 percent increase in the need for food supplies.  Video 

                        Forced to foreclose

                        Bob Kriegh has had to foreclose on two properties and is allowing one tenant to live rent-free rather than throw his family on the street.   Video 

                        Team bios

                        Nick Carey

                        Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe.  Blog 

                        Carlos Barria

                        Carlos, 30, has been based in Miami since 2004. He was born in Patagonia, in the south of Argentina, and studied photography in Buenos Aires. He has covered breaking news, sports and features in the Americas, the Middle East, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2007 Carlos was named Photographer of the Year by Reuters.   Blog 

                        Sharon Reich

                        Sharon is a television journalist based in New York City. She covers news, entertainment, lifestyle, politics and feature assignments. Before moving back home to New York, she worked for ReutersTelevison in Jerusalem, Washington and San Francisco.   Blog 

                        Lucy Nicholson

                        Lucy is based in Los Angeles, and covers news, sport, and feature assignments. She was born in London, and has worked as a photographer in Northern Ireland, Chile, and Mexico City.  Blog 

                        Brian Snyder

                        Brian has been a Boston-based photographer for Reuters since 1989, first as a freelancer and then on staff since 2005.   Blog 

                        editor's note

                        Reuters journalists traveled by air, road and rail for this special report. All travel expenses were paid for by Reuters.