Reporting Hurricane Katrina: How covering the story swept journalists into the drama

Journalists are observers. We are trained to help others by reporting stories, not by becoming part of them. Hurricane Katrina, however, tested those boundaries for many of us.
Gunman in on-air deaths remembered as 'professional victim'

Roanoke City Council member Anita Price, right, is comforted by friend Jan DeVries as they gather at a candlelight vigil in front of the WDBJ-TV station in Roanoke, Va., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, a day after reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward from the station were killed during a live broadcast. Vester Flanagan filmed himself gunning down the journalists and posted the video on social media after fleeing the scene. (AP Photo/Don Petersen)ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — The man who was news director during Vester Flanagan's rocky tenure at Virginia station WDBJ-TV described him as someone who constantly saw himself being victimized by others.



Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

File photo of Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman posing during an interview in Hong KongNEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of the company that runs adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company's computer systems and outing of millions of its members.



Jury mulls fate of defendant in New Hampshire prep school rape trial

A sign marks the entrance to St. Paul's School in ConcordA New Hampshire jury is set to begin its first full day of deliberations on Friday in the trial of Owen Labrie, a former student at an elite prep school accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman girl on campus days before his graduation. The trial, which began last week, has exposed uncomfortable aspects of the culture of St. Paul’s School, a nearly 160-year-old academy whose alumni include powerful U.S. business and political leaders such as Secretary of State John Kerry.



Behind bright facade, Mississippi coast still battles Katrina demons

Stairs, which are all that remain where a house once stood, are pictured in WavelandThe columned facade of Pass Christian's city hall looks out over the Mississippi coastline to a refurbished harbor, a new yacht club and a bar where locals streamed in for sundown cocktails.     A few miles west, in the city of Bay St. Louis, tourists strolled through the colorful galleries, antique stores and cafes that dot its quaint main street.     Ten years ago this week, the eye of Hurricane Katrina ripped through these two small towns, which face each other across a small bay 60 miles (97 km) east of New Orleans.





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