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November 2021

Jeremy Burke was featured in Hello Wallet  discussing a "credit builder loan" and how it can help some improve their financial outcomes.

September 2021

Francisco Perez-Arce was featured in Healthline discussing how mental health was reported to have improved after a Covid vaccination, as found in the Understanding America Study.

New blogpost came out in The Evidence Base, our joint blog with the Schaeffer Center, by Joanne Yoong looking at Gender and Financial literacy for older women for a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


August 2021

In the news on going back to school with the Delta Variant, UAS data tracked changes in parents' willingness to return children to in person learning, as quoted by MarketWatch.

JUNE 2021

Yahoo news is covering an article Anna Saavedra and Morgan Polikof wrote about parent's options of learning experiences and practices during COVID.

Los Angeles Daily News (via City News Service) highlighted research by Kyla Thomas of the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research that found 10% of the region’s residents plan to relocate despite reporting higher consumer confidence and decreasing levels of crime in their neighborhoods. “Our latest findings, which reflect the experiences of L.A. County residents during the peak of the pandemic, reveal reasons for optimism as well as concern,” she said. Additional coverage of the LABarometer survey was found in My News LA, KFI-AM, KCRW-FM, KPCC-FM, KNX-AM, LAist, ABC News Los Angeles Affiliate KABC-TV, NBC News Los Angeles Affiliate KNBC-TV, CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV, Fox News Los Angeles Affiliate KTTV-TV, and Spectrum News 1.

A great deal of coverage has been made of our newest findings on misery during the pandemic.  USA Today, among others.


May 2021

Kyla Thomas was featured on the ABC news discussing our new "Misery Index" which looks at the emotional and stress burden of the Covid-19 pandemic through our Health Tracking Surveys in the Understanding America Study:  https://abc7.com/usc-pandemic-study-covid-research/10690224/

Margaret Gatz is involved in a study of the Tsimane people in Bolivia and findings on their slower aging and healthier brains

February 2021

NBC News Los Angeles affiliate KNBC-TV featured Kyla Thomas of the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research and Wändi Bruine de Bruin of the USC Price School on low rates of vaccine intent and the importance of messaging among minority populations. "We're seeing much lower rates of vaccine acceptance. Nationally, about 63% of our respondents say they're somewhat or very likely to be vaccinated," Thomas said.  

CW News Los Angeles affiliate KTLA-TV featured the latest results of the USC Dornsife College's L.A. Barometer survey, which illustrate how the pandemic has worsened existing disparities in Los Angeles. "High rates of housing insecurity very much make L.A. more vulnerable to the impact of the pandemic on public health," said survey director Kyla Thomas. Additional coverage was found on PBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCET-TV, LAist and Telemundo Los Angeles affiliate KVEA-TV.  

Chalkbeat features our data in this story from today and quotes Anna Saavedra on parents, schools and the challenges of remote learning. 

KNX 1070 AM featured research from the USC Dornsife College's Center for Economic and Social Research on the role education plays in people's desire to seek out the COVID-19 vaccine. "One year into this pandemic, with vaccines now being rolled out across the U.S., education level has become a greater factor than race," said the center's Jill Darling. Additional coverage was found on Spectrum News 1.



Our continued Understanding Coronavirus in America Study health tracking poll was picked up in the news with some findings on trends in mask wearing.  Numerous local (Los Angeles) area news stations covered the story and interviewed Kyla Thomas as well. The study was also featured in the New York Times. Newsweek, UPI, Yahoo, MSN (CBS), and others.