U.S Post Office struggles to survive

Video posted December 7, 2012 in News by Danielle Van Gheem


An in-depth look at how the U.S. Postal Service is trying to survive despite increasing debt and competition from the Internet. 

The public affairs reporting team of Danielle Van Gheem, Dan Moreno, Leslie Pinero, and Fernando Calderon take an in-depth look at how the U.S. Postal Service is struggling to survive despite  nearly 16 billions dollars in annual losses.  The team reports that more than eleven percent of those losses are  from from a pre-funded retiree health benefit, not competition.

The team explores key factors causing the  growing debt with U.S. 5th District Congressman Glenn Thompson, regional postal officials, Penn State mail services and a State College UPS mailing service. They also traveled to small towns to interview rural mail carriers and local citizens. As the nation’s third largest civilian employer, they learned the USPS financial crisis could be eased with consolidation of mailing facilities and the end to Saturday delivery.