BEGINNING TODAY — NBCUNIVERSAL NEWS GROUP’S KIDS UNDER PRESSURE SERIES RETURNS, FEATURING IN-DEPTH REPORTS AS FAMILIES & SCHOOLS FACE A NATIONAL TEACHER SHORTAGE, RISING COSTS & HEIGHTENED CLASSROOM TENSIONS

Reports to Air Across ‘TODAY,’ ‘NBC Nightly News,’ MSNBC, NBCNews.com & NBC News NOW

August 14, 2022 – Starting today, NBCUniversal News Group will feature in-depth coverage across platforms on the key issues schools, families and students are facing as they return to the classroom. Reporters across the country will offer a unique look at how schools are dealing with the nationwide teacher crisis, the decisions families are making as they deal with rising prices and at the pressures students face as they return, some even embracing untraditional paths to learning, from homeschooling to trade schools. The two-week series, Kids Under Pressure, will air across TODAY, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, NBCNews.com and NBC News NOW. 

Throughout the series, NBC News and MSNBC will look at how families are coping with the rising cost of just about everything, from college tuition, to transportation, to food. Featuring reporting from NBC News’ Business, Technology & Innovation Unit and NBC News’ Medial Unit, the series will look at the choices schools are making as they aim to keep school meals healthy amid inflation, and how many schools are not tapping into the funding they are getting to improve school ventilation, a key tool in the fight against the spread of Covid.

NBC News will also debut a new Kids Under Pressure poll of college sophomores, the class of 2025, about their optimism levels going into the school year, as well as their anxieties about jobs, the economy and the current political climate. 

Additional highlights throughout the series will include:

  • On Wednesday, August 17, TODAY will dedicate its entire 8am hour to how teachers are finding solutions to supply shortages by pitching in to help their students have a successful school year. The hour will feature live reports from NBC News correspondents Erin McLaughlin, Kerry Sanders and Jacob Soboroff at schools across the country.
  • NBC News correspondent Antonia Hylton will return to Southlake, Texas, to report on how teachers are stepping away from their profession amid rising tensions. Hylton’s previous reporting on the school district is featured in NBC News’ award-winning podcast, Southlake.
  • NBC News senior business correspondent Stephanie Ruhle will report on why younger generations are considering trade schools as alternatives to four-year colleges
  • NBC News correspondent Priscilla Thompson will look at how Texas’ rural schools are switching to a four-day school week in order to attract and retain teachers
  • NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk will report on why some schools are not taking advantage of federal covid-relief money from the American Rescue Plan.
  • NBC News correspondent Jesse Kirsch will explore how some Wisconsin school districts are working together to address rising school bus costs.

NBC News/MSNBC correspondents and reporters Erin McLaughlin, Maura Barrett, Rehema Ellis, Stephanie Gosk, Antonia Hylton,  Emilie Ikeda, Jesse Kirsch, Leticia Miranda, Vicky Nguyen, Stephanie Ruhle, Kerry Sanders, Jacob Soboroff, Priscilla Thompson and more will contribute to the series. The two-week special coverage marks the fourth installment of Kids Under Pressure, which began last year. 

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For More Information:

Dominique Donahue

NBC News

e: Dominique.Donahue@nbcuni.com     

NBCUniversal News Group

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