Jan. 8, 2009 -- With the American economy in its worst state in generations, ABC News will take an in-depth look at the key economic issues that will dominate 2009 and beyond.
Beginning Sunday, Jan. 11, the news division will feature a week-long series -- "America's Economy: What's the Fix?" -- airing across ABC News' broadcasts, ABC News Radio and ABC News Digital.
And to frame the serious economic challenges facing the country today, George Stephanopoulos will conduct an exclusive interview with President-elect Barack Obama on Sunday's "This Week."
Throughout the week, "America's Economy: What's the Fix?" will tackle core economic topics and possible solutions:
Sunday, Jan. 11 -- The current crisis, how we got here and where the Obama administration is taking us.
Monday, Jan. 12 -- Where We Live: How the housing crisis can be fixed and how long it will take.
Tuesday, Jan. 13 -- What We Save: How to protect your money and financial future in a market that's melting down.
Wednesday, Jan. 14 -- How We Work: Getting America back to work as millions lose their jobs and industries collapse.
Thursday, Jan. 15 -- What We Buy: How the recession is changing America's consumer culture.
The series kicks off on Sunday with the weekend edition of "Good Morning America," "This Week with George Stephanopoulos," and "World News Sunday." Stephanopoulos' exclusive sit-down with President-elect Obama will cover a wide range of topics, including his economic stimulus proposal and plan to get the country back on track.
The series will continue throughout the week on "Good Morning America," "World News with Charles Gibson," and "Nightline," and will also be featured on ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW, and ABC NewsOne -- the network's affiliate news service.
ABCNEWS.com will provide original, in-depth reporting on the financial crisis, as well as video and text stories to compliment that series' broadcasts reports.
"America's Economy: What's the Fix?" will also feature results from the ABC News Polling Unit's exclusive Consumer Comfort Index – now in the midst of its worst stretch in 23 years of weekly polling – as well as data from a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll on economic anxiety.
Among those findings, one in four Americans reports a cut in pay or work hours in their household, job insecurity is its highest in polls back to 1975, two-thirds are worried about maintaining their standard of living -- and 66 percent call the economy the single most important issue for President-elect Barack Obama and the Congress to tackle this year.
This division-wide reporting effort on the economy is the latest in-depth series to be featured across ABC News' broadcasts and platforms. Previous series include the Emmy Award-winning "Iraq: Where Things Stand;" "Afghanistan: Where Things Stand;" and "50 States in 50 Days," an unprecedented initiative to report from every state in the nation during the 50 days leading up to the 2008 presidential election.