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    A story of struggle in the heartland

    By Jeff Simon, Producer
    Melissa Allen, a 34-year-old single mother from Beattyville, Kentucky, works two jobs just to get by. Her story is all too familiar.

    Joe Biden takes the Amtrak home

    On board the Acela with former Vice President Joe Biden immediately after the inauguration. He took his signature mode of transportation home to Delaware.
    Mike Carlson questions Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) at a town hall forum in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on February 9.

    Inside the contentious Obamacare town halls

    By Jeff Simon, Producer
    As in summer of 2009, angry town halls are erupting across the country over the Affordable Care Act. Folks are asking, what will happen if Obamacare if repealed?
    Miner Ryan Barnette, 34, works in Gary, West Virginia.

    Feeling helpless in WV: 'We are the forgotten tribe'

    By Jeff Simon, Producer
    McDowell County, West Virginia is one of the poorest in the country -- it's also where Donald Trump scored his biggest primary victory nationwide. We try to understand this place, and its people.


    Jeff Simon is a producer for CNN covering national politics and elections. Simon's work at CNN includes coverage of the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, where he was part of a team awarded an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story in Long Form.

    Simon started at CNN one day before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and produced work for "State of the Union" and the CNN Political Ticker.

    He worked as a political producer for The Washington Post before returning to join the CNN Digital Politics team.

    A native of southeastern Pennsylvania, Simon is a frustrated Philadelphia Phillies fan and collects vintage wristwatches. He graduated cum laude from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.