New WRAL Documentary Examines Child Poverty “Every Fourth Child…Still”

Airs Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m.

WRAL DocumentaryEvery fourth child in North Carolina lives in poverty, a staggering statistic that hasn’t changed since 1986. That was the year WRAL produced a documentary on child poverty called “Every Fourth Child.” A new WRAL documentary called “Every Fourth Child…Still” revisits some of the people profiled in the original documentary to reveal the cyclical nature of poverty and explore why it is such a difficult problem to solve.  “Every Fourth Child…Still” airs Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m. and is hosted by WRAL News anchor and reporter Kelcey Carlson.

The 1986 documentary “Every Fourth Child” profiled two sisters and their six children living in poverty in rural Halifax County.  The program also profiled a community activist in Halifax County and included insight from a poverty expert at the Harvard School of Public Health. “Every Fourth Child…Still” returns to Halifax County to revisit one of the sisters and one of her grown daughters, who now has children of her own.  The program also revisits the community activist and poverty expert interviewed in the original documentary, and profiles a new family living in poverty in the Triangle area.

Statewide Broadcast Schedule

  • WRAL-TV, Raleigh, Thursday, January 16 at 7 p.m.
  • WILM-TV, Wilmington, Saturday, January 18 at 9:30 a.m.
  • WRAZ-TV, Durham, Saturday, January 25 at 2:30 p.m.

To watch a preview of the documentary, go to, search: WRAL doc.
After the television broadcast premiere on January 16, the documentary will be available for on-demand viewing anytime on

Watch the program and join the discussion on twitter using #Every4thChild.

WRAL Documentary is one of the only dedicated documentary units in local TV. Its mission is to provide in-depth coverage of topics and issues relevant to North Carolinians.

Thanks to WRAL-TV’s Debbie Tullos for this capcom story.


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