Soon after posting a "status update" on my Facebook page earlier today, I was reminded of how Islam in the United States can become such a divisive issue.
I wrote that I was here in Tennessee seeking reaction from one American Muslim family regarding the hearings being held today by Rep. King. The Evening News linked to my Facebook post and comments immediately started popping up on both sides of the issue.Continue »
CBS News sent me to Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday night to cover the odyssey of Ted Williams. For anyone who has been detached from the online-echo-chamber for the last 24 hours, he's the homeless man with a golden voice who was discovered on a street corner here in Columbus.
Scroll down to watch the Columbus Dispatch video of photographer Doral Chenoweth discovering Williams.
I'd never heard of Williams when they told me about the assignment. While I was on my way to the airport I chatted with a couple of friends on the phone who'd already followed Williams through Facebook.
By late afternoon Wednesday the clip of Williams standing on the street with his announcer-quality voice had more than 5 million page views online. The clip was posted Monday.Continue »
At first you might think a documentary that profiles sixteen people who lost their jobs would paint a rather bleak picture. However "Lemonade" does exactly the opposite.
Throughout the economic downturn we in the news world have spent a lot of time chronicling the pain and loss that accompanies a layoff, foreclosure or misfortune. So, for a change, it was a great treat to get to tell the story of someone who found hope from their hardship and felt inspired to tell others.
Seth Doane's Lemonade Story
I was curious to know more and looked into their organization "Clean the World."
Little Soaps Satisfy Big Demand in Haiti
I thought it would make for a good story for us because I've always wondered what happened to those little bars of hotel soap (they're thrown in the garbage) and secondly, I've always felt a little bit guilty about the whole thing.
More importantly, the story connects us to Haiti and is a good way to look into the much bigger issue of water and sanitation (and the lack thereof) in a country like Haiti.
The program seems to benefit a lot of folks from the hotel maids who collect the soap and feel like they're making a difference, to men from a local shelter who get jobs disinfecting the soap, to people in Haiti who cannot afford it.
Most of the soap is shipped by boat because it is a much cheaper mode of transport but we landed and met up with thousands of bars of soap that had been flown in. After we cleared customs, I got my first sense of just how valuable this commodity is in a place like Haiti...when the guys helping to load the soap into the trucks were "tipped" - not in cash - but with soap.
Check out the piece and see just how desperate folks are for something as simple as a tiny bar of soap, and how washing hands can save lives.
Just a couple of weeks before Americans start lining up for the H1N1 vaccine, the government's giving its P-R machine a shot in the arm.
The CDC insists the vaccine is safe, but millions of Americans who are most at risk for the virus are reluctant to roll up their sleeves.
Here in New York today, health care workers protested a regulation that forces them to get shots or get fired. Some parents worry the vaccine hasn't been tested enough and say they won't let their kids be guinea pigs. As for pregnant women, they're usually told to be cautious about medication. Only one in seven of them typically get the regular flu shot.
Health officials are fighting more than just the flu. They are also battling fear of the unknown - concern that the vaccine might not turn out to be as safe as promised. The only remedy for that is more information.
I'm Seth Doane. CBS News.
It's been four years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and parts of Mississippi - killing 16 hundred people and causing more than 40 billion dollars worth of damage.
Homes and lives were washed away and the nation watched in helpless horror as faces soaked in tears and flood waters pleaded for rescue.
Still today, 62-thousand homes and buildings remain uninhabitable and vacant, and 17-hundred families are living in temporary housing. Though the waters have receded, many residents have yet to land on solid ground.
But there is some good news to share.
New Orleans, as President Obama stated this weekend, is the fastest growing city in America. Nearly three quarters of its pre-Katrina population has returned, and the unemployment rate is about 2 points below the national average.
The voyage to recovery has been long and hard for the city known as the Big Easy, but there are signs of hope on horizon.
I'm Seth Doane, CBS News.
I'd heard them say it, and I'd even seen their route on a map.
But it wasn't until I actually watched them row down the Hudson River that I really started to appreciate the magnitude of Tom and Jon's adventure.
As I looked into Scott's story and his non-profit Charity:Water. I thought that it was a great story for CBS News and that it'd be fantastic to get to work along with producer Karen Raffensperger to tell.
Having lived in India while working for CNN and having spent quite a bit of time overseas in developing countries; the issue of fresh drinking water was one that resonated with me. Karen got excited about the story too as there are a number of innovative ways that Scott is using technology to track the water projects he builds and finds interesting ways to engage donors.
The tickets are free but the event obviously is not. It will require the LAPD and other city departments to work overtime to handle what could be record-breaking crowds in the downtown area. Police say they're preparing for crowds similar to what they saw during the 1984 Olympics.
One LA city councilwoman said she hopes the Jackson family will help pay the tab but told CBS there has been no such offer as of today.
Last month it was private donations that covered much of the cost of a parade to celebrate the Lakers' NBA championship.
For now, an already cash-strapped city hopes a King's memorial service won't cost a King's ransom.
I'm Seth Doane, CBS News.