Jhaqueil Reagan is an 18-year-old who dropped out of high school to help take care of his siblings after their mother died. Late last month, in the middle of a winter storm that shut down public transportation, he embarked on a 10-mile walk to interview for a minimum wage job. On that walk, his path crossed with restaurant owner, who was so impressed that he gave Reagan a job. The restaurant owner, Art Bouvier posted his experience with Reagan on Facebook. That post has been "liked" almost 27,000 times, and has been shared close to 7,000 times. This morning they join “Starting Point” to share their amazing story.
Reagan who did not have money for the bus or an alternate means of transportation to the interview says his, “only reliable source was [his] own two legs.”
Bouvier says he was incredibly impressed by Reagan’s dedication to get to the job interview with just the hope of securing a job. After talking with his wife, Bouvier says he decided Reagan was “probably going to be a kid who’s going to show up every time he’s scheduled.”
With his new job a lot has changed for Reagan who was once homeless. He says, “I’ve got myself an apartment now, I’m staying with my fiancé and her son, I mean it couldn’t be better.”
Recently Reagan started the Jhaqueil Reagan Foundation in order to help disadvantaged people find work.
To donate, send checks to: Jhaqueil Reagan Foundation 973 N Shadeland Box 323 Indianapolis, IN 46219.
From reality television stars like Honey Boo Boo to sports sensations like Jeremy Lin, 2012 was a year that kept many people fascinated and glued to their TVs. CNN Contributors Ana Navarro and Hilary Rosen weigh in on some of the top newsmakers of 2012 as well as their predictions of who will make news in 2013.
Rosen who is also a democratic strategist says one of the most silent and yet sensational stories of the year revolved around “campaign geeks taking over politics.” She adds, “election analytics are really so important to why Barack Obama won. You know that hidden group of guys that they hired and women that spent a year behind their laptops in campaign headquarters in Chicago made the difference showing where to pull out the vote.”
Republican strategist Ana Navarro agrees with Rosen, “I told my republican counterparts we need more geeks, we need less nerds and more geeks and there’s a difference between the two.” Navarro says that for her Malala Yousafzai is her top pick because she “really has shown such perseverance.” Navarro goes on to say that Yousafzai gives her hope as a woman and “is such an example for young girls all over the world.”
In Canby, Oregon a husband and wife were trapped in a car in their driveway after a tree fell on their vehicle. The 100-foot tall fir tree ended up crushing the roof and shattering the front windshield. Somehow, the couple inside the car survived and escaped relatively unharmed. Chris Natelborg who was in the driver's seat of that car suffered a fractured shoulder, while his wife Tymona walked away with barely a scratch. This morning the couple joins “Starting Point,” to share their story.
Mr. Natelborg says, “We had just pulled up and were parked sitting in the car and we heard the sound of just like a tree blowing in the wind but then we saw the tree in front of us to our left coming at us and we hardly had time to react.” Mr. Natelborg adds that he and his wife “just instinctively got down as low as [they] could.”
Mrs. Natelborg says the tree “fell pretty quickly” but once it had fallen, “it was nice to be able to talk with Chris and be able to …talk to each other about not having any injuries and pull out my phone and call 911.”
Mr. Natelborg adds, that he was later told the paramedics when arriving on the scene, “were probably more nervous than we were.”
Mika shot to stardom in 2007 with the release of his first single "Grace Kelly." His upbeat debut album "Life in Cartoon Motion" sold nearly 6 million copies worldwide, earning him a Grammy nomination.
Mika's third album is now out today to great reviews. It's called "The Origin of Love" and the single from that is called "Celebrate."
Mika talks to Soledad O'Brien and the "Starting Point" team this morning about the latest album, how he got into music and how his sister's terrible accident inspired him to write music.
Deloris Jordan, mother of basketball legend Michael Jordan, on her book "Dream Big" and helping children reach goals.