A Dream Deferred: Press Information Page


*For any questions or additional information, please email Maya Navon at navonm@wnet.org.

About the series:

“What happens to a dream deferred?” (Langston Hughes, Harlem, 1951).

Residents of public housing in New York moved in with the promise of affordable housing and a stepping stone to financial stability and independence. But, lack of oversight and political chaos have left them living in horrific conditions, unimaginable in the world’s wealthiest city.  A Dream Deferred: The Broken Promise of New York City Public Housing offers an intimate look at the lives of New York City Housing Authority residents. We meet residents, young and old, grappling with health, safety, and quality of life issues, due to the deteriorating conditions of their homes and communities. In this five-part digital docuseries from Chasing the Dream, we talk to the people who not only live in NYCHA, but also fight for better conditions and accountability for themselves and their neighbors. For them, the promise of the American Dream and a dignified home is a dream deferred, but not lost.

Social Media Information:

Find the series website here.

Digital release schedule:

All episodes are now streaming digitally on Chasing the Dream website and Facebook.

Suggested promotional social copy:

  • For New Yorkers living in public housing, quality health and living conditions are oftentimes “A Dream Deferred.” Watch the 5-part docuseries from [Chasing the Dream handle].
  • What is the state of public housing in New York? Go behind the brick walls of NYCHA to hear from the residents themselves in “A Dream Deferred”. [Chasing the Dream handle]

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A Dream Deferred Production Team:

Eugenia Harvey

Eugenia Harvey, Executive Producer

Eugenia Harvey has left an indelible mark on the world of news media as a veteran broadcast journalist on ABC News’ “PrimeTime Live”, CBS’ 48 Hours and has been an Executive Producer at CNN, BET and PBS’ WGBH-produced show, Third Rail with OZY.

Today, Eugenia is the Executive Producer and Project Director of the Multi-Platform Initiatives at WNET, a public television station that operates in the New York metropolitan area. At WNET, Eugenia manages two public media initiative programs — Chasing the Dream: Poverty & Opportunity in America and Peril & Promise: The Challenge of Climate Change. Previously, Eugenia produced Race Matters: Solutions on PBS NewsHour with famed civil rights leader and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. After graduating from the University of Georgia as a Broadcast Journalism major and minor in Political Science and Spanish, Eugenia earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Columbia University.


Akisa Omulepu

Akisa Omulepu, Filmmaker

Documentarian, producer and media expert, Akisa Omulepu is the founder and CEO of Emerge Omnimedia. Emerge’s mission is to tell stories and support artists to explore, investigate and celebrate globally marginalized communities of African descent.

Ms. Omulepu started her career in academia teaching mathematics in a public school in the South Bronx and at the City University of New York. A native New Yorker, Ms. Omulepu decided to move to Nairobi, Kenya and fully immerse herself in reporting and producing internationally. While in Kenya, she Executive Produced and hosted a weekly television show and was a part of the NBC Nightly News production team that covered the Westgate Mall terror attack in Nairobi, Kenya, among other things.

Her recent documentary short, ‘Crowned,’ debuted and had a limited engagement at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The film looks at the lives of three African-American young women navigating their way from high school to college.

Ms. Omulepu earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia University and is a Yale World Fellow. She’s also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and The National Association of Black Journalists.

ABOUT Chasing the Dream:

Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a cross-platform public media initiative from WNET in New York reporting the human stories of poverty and showcasing promising solutions. Our goal is to better inform with facts that go beyond personal biases, media narratives, and presumptions about the American Dream. Chasing the Dream’s reporting focuses on inequality: both economic and structural inequities informed by issues of race, age, and class. We also focus in on what has worked – and is working — to bring people out of poverty, and what lessons we can learn for the future.

Reporting and distributing content since 2014, Chasing the Dream has produced more than 440 reports across every platform of public media on-air and online – including national documentaries in collaboration with FRONTLINE and PBS WORLD, news reports on the PBS NewsHour and NewsHour Weekend, and regional reporting on MetroFocus, NJTV News and Long Island Business Report. Our content partners also include WNYC public radio, Twin Cities PBS’s Next Avenue, and PBS Member Stations across the country.  Our digital-first projects like Getting Off the Streets, Your American Dream Score, and My Everyday Hustle are designed to reach new audiences and generate dynamic conversations.


WNET is America’s flagship PBS station: parent company of New York’s THIRTEEN and WLIW21 and operator of NJTV, the statewide public media network in New Jersey. Through its new ALL ARTS multi-platform initiative, its broadcast channels, three cable services (THIRTEEN PBSKids, Create and World) and online streaming sites, WNET brings quality arts, education and public affairs programming to more than five million viewers each month. WNET produces and presents a wide range of acclaimed PBS series, including Nature, Great Performances, American Masters, PBS NewsHour Weekend, and the nightly interview program Amanpour and Company. In addition, WNET produces numerous documentaries, children’s programs, and local news and cultural offerings, as well as multi-platform initiatives addressing poverty and climate. Through THIRTEEN Passport and WLIW Passport, station members can stream new and archival THIRTEEN, WLIW and PBS programming anytime, anywhere.

Full Production Credits, A Dream Deferred:

Executive Producer

Eugenia Harvey


Akisa Omulepu


Akisa Omulepu

Geraldine Moriba

Laura Checkoway

Associate Producer

Maya Navon

Corwin Lamm


Greg Harriott

John Larson

Ali Muhammad


Akisa Omulepu

Additional Editing

Michiel Pilgram

Bob Keuler

Niels Dachler

Audio Mixer

Jon Berman

Josh Broome


Akisa Omulepu


Corwin Lamm

Additional Camera

Brandon Barr

Social Media and Digital Production Assistant

Nina Joung


Maya Navon

Nina Joung

Ethan Brown

Arturo Ruiz

Production Intern

Arturo Ruiz

Senior Programming Consultant

Ed Hersh

Senior Counsel

Blanche Robertson

Budget Controller

Susan Bartelt