a compilation of my work and thoughts



LaToya Egwuekwe is a journalist with several years experience as a political reporter, television anchor and producer in Cleveland, Ohio, and Tallahassee, Fla. She currently works as a labor writer in Washington, D.C., where she is able to cover her two favorite topics: the economy and politics.

This blog is a compilation of her personal work, thoughts and ideas. Enjoy!

Email: latoya.egwuekwe@yahoo.com

  1. LaToya, I was amazed when I watched your infographic “The Decline: The Geograpy of a Recession.” Nice job using stats to illustrate reality.
    Keep up the good work. I look forward to reading your blog. Best to you and yours.
    Donna Davidson

  2. Great graphic. What software are you using to do this?

  3. LaToya, I loved the “Geography of a Recession” infographic you made. Being unemployed is, among other things, quite lonely — you can’t put a “face” to the thousands who are similarly situated. Thank you for making me feel less alone.

  4. Thanks all for your great comments.

    @Yoop: Your comment absolutely touches my heart. If I don’t do another thing in this world, I’m alright with knowing I’ve made at least one person’s day a bit easier. You are most certainly not alone in this crisis. There are millions hurting. I thank you for your honesty and courage. And, I wish you many blessings.

  5. Very nice blog. Clean, to the point, informative. It’s the first time I have seen your blog here on WordPress.

  6. I am sooo proud of you LaToya!!

  7. Latoya,
    I am very impressed with your visual presentation of the “Geography of a a recession. By seeing the unemployment develop regionally and over time allows one to compare how various areas were effected by layoffs. Being a laid off business analyst I’m intrigued and curious how you animated the government data. I have some county data I’d like to illustrate in the same way. Any help would be much appreciated.
    Good Job!

  8. I am a newbie at learning GIS. I love your mapping ability.

  9. Thank you so much for the visual presentation. I hope you can update it to include the last two months of unemployment. I have been sending this link to all I know so they can see just how bad it is.

  10. Re: Geography of a recession.

    Awesome. Simple and powerful. Journalism at it’s finest in any era. Thank you.

    Your link is inspiring to inquire about your work and that at least one journalist isn’t in the tank and I might still find relevant news. So I read on about Wichita, KS.

    I’m, uh, concerned. Thank you again for a great story.

    I’m trying to fit this into my wavering support for a broken federal government. Any stories about confidence anyone has about their abilities and that they indeed know what they are doing? Are we on the right track with this administration and worse, this congress? He promised he’d give me, us hope and the void of leadership inspires me to act. I was told I was being deceived for eight years. I was skeptical but I know I’m not being told the truth. You have my ear. I’m too scared to talk about a current President’s new clothes. HOPE? HELP!!

  11. Thanks for a broader scope of the unemployment crisis. The depiction really places us in the midst of the crisis. By any chance, would you be involved in further work that extracts the percentage of the depicted map that are recent college graduates?


  12. Not really surprised that you are so brilliant and indebt in your writings on labour, unemployment, and politics. You must be Ibo. Keep up the good work Latoya. We are proud of you. God bless you and your wonderful family.

  13. You have done a superb job with “The Decline:…” graphic. Your work shows how simply the issue may be understood by everyone who is on the line.

    “Professional” economists & opinionists may not be eager to show your graph, because it makes all of their comments obvious for what they are. The professional talkers might be out of work also, if the magnitude of the decline is too easily understood.

  14. You did an excellent job with this! You looked and sounded exceptional on CNN and all my co-workers loved your interview. Keep up the good work Sis. Love you.

  15. This is amazing!!! Your work is so beautiful.

  16. Americans can have high wages and full employment, or they can have cheap prices for consumer products, but they can’t have both. Americans were suckered into cheap prices by free-trade pushers, without realizing they were actually being sold into slavery. Through exploiting foreign labor and illegal aliens, the robber barons have progressively been recouping all the wealth they have previously had to share with their workers. Fifty years ago, virtually all of our consumer products were manufactured in America; now virtually none are. It is only a matter of time before America’s middle class disappears and America becomes a nation of a vast, wretched poor ruled over by a tiny minority of fabulously rich robber barons.

  17. Hi, thanks for putting together the Unemployment map by county from Jan. 2007 – Jan. 2010. What a picture! Would love to see that same information for the last recession we were in back in 1991. Is this possible? Is this available?

  18. You should be nominated for a Pulitzer.

  19. LaToya,

    Great job on “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession”. Can you put together a “The Outsourcing: The Geography of a Recesion” to identify the industries and the nations involved in the decline of middle class in America?


  20. Hello LaToya,

    Thank you so much for this insightful graphic on the economic situation in this country. As a visual learner, and (unemployed)graphic designer, I truly appreciate the effort you put into this. I would like to know what software you used to produce this, also.

    I am now a fan!

    Ginny D

  21. Hi,I love your graphics. Could you scale the graphics from 0 to 20%? most of the country is above 10%. Thanks again, Mark

  22. LaToya,

    This is a truly amazing presentation. You have brought a deeper understanding of the current economic crisis to me. While we can debate the causes, we cannot deny the results of past actions.

    Is it feasible to run comparable data with other recessions and the Great Depression? This is much like studying the economic weather, with your outstanding presentation acting as the economic weather map. Our current “storm” is not the first, and we can learn from previous storm patterns. Unlike the weather, I believe we can take actions that will influence economic storms, making them worse or making them better.

    Your visual presentation really brings home the impact of the storm. Still maps in sequence enable us to internalize the grand picture. Thank you so much for bringing an economic study to life.

  23. I am wondering if an update will happen this quarter? Many people here in the Washington, DC area are quite impressed with data representation.

  24. I am wondering if a quarterly update will happen again this quarter? Many people here in the Washington, DC area are quite impressed with data representation.

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