9.08.2010

My First Ever Cover Story for The Final Call Newspaper


If you follow me on Twitter, you read my daily updates from New Orleans during the 5th Anniversary Observance of Hurricane Katrina. I was sent there for a week on assignment for the newspaper I am honored to be a Staff Writer for, The Final Call.

Interestingly, the September 13, 2005 edition of The Final Call marked my first ever cover story. I was a newbie to journalism (still is) and all of a sudden I found myself in the middle of the world's largest catastrophe at that time. So much happened. I really should write a book about that entire experience like my friend and fellow journalist Jordan Flaherty did in his epic release "Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six". We met one another during mobilization for the Jena Six. His book is excellent and I am mentioned in it as well.

Since 2005 I have been staying consistent on this Katrina news beat in the Gulf Coast and this year has been no different. Who would have thought that I would sneak inside Houston's Astrodome to get interviews with Katrina survivors for that cover story? I never thought I would but the pain of our people was my driving force to get the story however I could.

Five years later the struggle is not over. You can read one of my reports from being on the grounds in New Orleans this past week by clicking http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/frontpageFeaturedArticle/article_7238.shtml

Below are some photos from my recent trip to New Orleans that I posted on my Flickr page. Also listen below to the interview I did on Baltimore's Final Call Radio Broadcast on WEAA 89.9FM on August 29, 2010.

Don't Let The Katrina Fatigue Settle in.....

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Baltimore's Final Call Radio Broadcast on WEAA 89.9FM on August 29, 2010. Click to Listen!




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