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The 2020 cohort of the Youth Reporting Institute and their work.

Uncertainty And Discouragement Shape The Experience of First-Time Voters

A young woman wearing a gray sweatshirt takes a photo of herself holding an 'I Voted' sticker.
Allie Folger, courtesy of Kamaya Truitt

Youth reporter Ellie Stevens hears a lot about what adults want out of the election. But the high school senior felt that she didn’t know what her peers wanted from the candidates running this year. 

In an episode of her podcast “Lunch Break,” Stevens set out to explore that topic by interviewing three young people about how the first presidential debate influenced their voting decisions. The discussion brought up feelings of uncertainty and disappointment in the chaotic nature of both candidates fighting to be heard. Host Frank Stasio talks with Stevens about her podcast and what she learned about young people’s views in the aftermath of the debate.

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