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Swedish Reporter Visits America to Learn More About Labor Unions and Consumerism

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Daniel Persson, an investigative reporter based in southern Sweden, is a Transatlantic Media Fellow and he is spending three months traveling across the United States to expand his knowledge of America.

Specifically, Persson is examining the influence of the American labor movement in the 21st century and he also is investigating the role of consumerism in the daily lives of Americans. He is focusing part of his research on the role of labor in entrepreneurial companies.

Persson is visiting Ohio University as a guest of the Institute for International Journalism, a part of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
While visiting Persson has been speaking to journalism classes and he also spoke with WOUB’s Tom Hodson.

Persson talked with Hodson about the immigrant problems in Europe. He spoke of some 100,000 people who will immigrate to Sweden this year.

Overall, Persson sees immigration as a long-term positive for the host country but a situation that is fraught with near-term problems.

For over 16 years, Persson has reported for newspapers and the Swedish News Agency TT. He has covered everything from politics to crime, sports and economic issues.

He also has covered five Grand Slam tennis tournaments in Melbourne, Australia as a freelancer.

When Persson returns to Sweden in January he will start in a new position as a reporter for Swedish National Radio.