Income and Poverty News Conference: Moderator Script
Deputy Chief, Public Information Office
September 10, 2009
Good morning, I am Stephen Buckner, Deputy Chief of the Public Information Office, and I’d like to welcome everyone to the Census Bureau’s annual news conference on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage.
Today we are releasing the 2008 findings from the Current Population Survey, collected in March 2009.
Here are the plans and ground rules for today’s news conference.
First, David Johnson, Chief of the Census Bureau’s Housing and Household Economics Statistics Division, will present the findings in a 20-minute presentation.
Next, we will have a question and answer session. We will allow reporters who have called into the conference to ask questions in sequence. When your turn comes around, the operator will state your name and affiliation.
We will allow one question and one follow-up so that we can take as many questions as possible. We ask that your questions be as short as possible.
The Question and Answer period will last about 20 minutes.
The press kit for today’s news conference will be available online shortly on census.gov. Click on the banner at the top of the release.
The online press kit contains the news release, fact sheets describing the data sources, the text and graphs of today’s presentation and three podcasts with video soundbites.
Now, I’d like to get started by introducing our speaker, David Johnson, Chief of the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division. You can find David’s bio in the press kit.
Question and Answers
That concludes the Question and Answer portion of the news conference. A couple of points before we wrap up.
Broadcast and cable media will find three short sets of video soundbites on our Web site – on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage.
Reporters can contact the Public Information Office at 301-763-3030 to make arrangements for interviewing David or one of our analysts.
Finally, go to census.gov for more information about the upcoming release of ACS data in September and October.
This concludes our news conference and, on behalf of the Census Bureau, I’d like to thank you for participating.