Lakisha Johnson is a homeless single mother in Philadelphia. She was hoping to move out of a homeless shelter and into a new apartment with her daughter using her tax refund. The U.S. Department of education had other plans, as a Reuters review found the federal agency is clamping down on borrowers who have defaulted on their student loans by garnishing their wages, holding back IRS refunds, and reducing Social Security benefits.
July 25, 2017
I field produced this video on location in Philadelphia, PA, and later collaborated with Senior Reuters Reporter Michelle Conlin to script her narration based on her special report on student loans. I edited this video to accompany that special report.