Victoria Kupchinetsky is an award-winning TV journalist and producer. As a VOA's on-camera correspondent in Washington and New York, she’s produced stories on the US presidential elections, Guantanamo prison, the effects of climate change on small communities in Southern Louisiana, on race, gender and social issues. Recently she completed work on a 33-minute documentary for VOA called The Lakota Daughters, about the struggles and hopes of women and girls of Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
When the Fenner Wind Farm went online in upstate New York in early 2002, it was the largest in the United States. Today it's still up and running and providing electricity for thousands of homes. It also serves as a teaching tool about renewable energy. Dmitrii Vershinin visited the farm and has more in this story narrated by Anna Rice.
Most Russian-speaking citizens of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York, say they will be voting for the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, this November. They see the qualities his opponents call a "threat to national security" as evidence of his sincerity and bravery. Yuliya Appel narrates this report from the VOA Russian service's Victoria Kupchinetsky and Michael Gutkin.
All week, a quarter of the world's population is celebrating the Chinese New Year, which marks the start of the year on China's lunar calendar. In New York, the mayor declared a public school holiday to observe the occasion — a development in sharp contrast with how the Chinese-American community has been treated in the U.S. in the past. With VOA's Ramon Taylor narrating, Victoria Kupchinetsky reports.
Barack Obama recently became the first sitting US president to visit a federal prison. He wants to reform American penitentiaries and create more rehabilitation programs for former inmates. As Victoria Kupchinetsky shows us, a new film about a famous psychological prison experiment gone wrong is helping reformers make the case for why American prisons indeed need reforming. Joy Wagner narrates her report.
The population of our planet is growing, as are the piles of garbage that humanity is producing. But where does all this garbage go? It turns out that in New York City, trash is not a total nuisance -- it can also be useful and sometimes even profitable. Victoria Kupchinetsky visited the main recycling facility in New York - to see for herself.