When it comes to receiving news coverage nationwide of the 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, ASCE deserves an A+.
The much anticipated release of the Report Card on March 19 was headline news in print, online, radio, and television mediums across the U.S., from Portland Maine, to Portland, Oregon.
On March 20, people opened their morning newspapers and read about the Report Card in The New York Times, POLITICO, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Los Angeles Times, The State Journal (West Virginia), The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune, the Detroit Free Press, The Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), The Birmingham News, the Albany Tribune, Albuquerque Business First, Aledo Times Record (Illinois), the Portland Press Herald (Maine), and Nashua Telegraph. The Sunday, March 24, New York Times also featured an op-ed cartoon about the Report Card by Brian McFadden.
ASCE leaders were interviewed by more than 30 broadcast news outlets, reaching an audience of more than 1.3 million. To get the story out as efficiently as possible, ASCE President Gregory E. DiLoreto, P.E., P.L.S., D.WRE, F.ASCE, and ASCE immediate Past President Andrew W. Herrmann, P.E., SECB, F.ASCE, conducted many of these interviews via a satellite media tour. From a television studio in Washington, DC, they were interviewed by television and radio stations in 28 different media markets over the course of six hours.
Special coverage of the Report Card was featured on the CBS Morning Show, on MSNBC’s The Ed Show and The Daily Rundown, and on the Fox Business Network, MONEY with Melissa Francis. NPR’s All Things Considered ran a report on March 20 it called Upgrading America’s Failing Infrastructure Could Cost $1.6 Trillion, plus the public radio network distributed a report, U.S. Gets Low Marks On Infrastructure from Engineers’ Groups, to affiliates in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, DC; Boston; Pittsburgh; Buffalo; Raleigh, NC; Baltimore; and Salisbury, MD.
Many radio and television stations created Report Card-inspired segments for their local news reports. These included Oregon Public Broadcasting, Minnesota Public Radio, WTOP Washington, WSB Atlanta, NBC 12 Virginia, KWWL Iowa, KSLA Texas, KARE 11 Minnesota, KTRE Texas, KMGNow California, WHSV Virginia, and WAMU American University Radio.
News outlets across the Internet also carried detailed coverage of the Report Card’s release. Stories were posted on CNBC.com, CBSNews.com, ABC News, CNN Money, NBC Los Angeles, Fox 29 Philadelphia, CBS 5 Phoenix, AOL Energy, The Washington Examiner, DCist, DC Street Blog, Think Progress, National Review, Huffington Post, MSN Money, The Associated Press, United Press International, National Journal, Education Week, Clean Technica, and The Atlantic Cities.
“[ASCE’s Report Card] is right on and it is affordable,” said former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell [D], co-chair of Building America, a bipartisan and national coalition of elected officials dedicated to infrastructure renewal and investment. “The voters have said to us loud and clear [in the 2012 election], if you give us projects that will improve the quality of life and will help our economy, we are for it.
“But let me say, this issue about what kind of country we want and is all about the American spirit. Every time in this nation’s history when we were confronted with roadblocks and challenges we had that pioneering spirit that said we can do anything that we choose.”
Read highlights from a sampling of the coverage.