CBS News Commemorates Hurrican Katrina’s Fifth Anniversary With Special Programming Beginning Friday, Aug. 27
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CBS NEWS COMMEMORATES HURRICANE KATRINA’S FIFTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SPECIAL PROGRAMMING BEGINNING FRIDAY, AUG. 27
Harry Smith to Anchor THE EARLY SHOW from New Orleans Friday, Aug. 27
CBS News Radio Correspondents, Winners of Multiple Awards for Their Coverage of Hurricane Katrina, Return to the Region to Report on Its Lasting Scars
Russ Mitchell Anchors THE CBS EVENING NEWS from New Orleans
Sunday, Aug. 29
NEW YORK – Aug. 20, 2010 — CBS News will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with special programming beginning Friday, Aug. 27 (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) when Harry Smith anchors THE EARLY SHOW from New Orleans. Anniversary coverage will continue throughout the weekend on CBS News Radio, weekend editions of THE CBS EVENING NEWS and CBS SUNDAY MORNING. In addition, CBS News will conduct a special poll that explores Americans’ views on Katrina’s impact.
During Friday’s EARLY SHOW, Smith, who returns to New Orleans to anchor after many visits during the hurricane’s aftermath, will spotlight stories of personal struggle, live interviews with notable city residents and more. In addition, CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller will profile 10- and 11-year-old brothers who are in the “Roots of Music” program. Their family lost everything to Katrina and, after wading through the waters to escape, they had to move to Texas.
Other highlights from THE EARLY SHOW’s coverage include a unique perspective of the disaster’s aftermath through the lens of Ted Jackson, one of New Orleans’ top photojournalists. Jackson captured the chaos, the desperation and the feeling of utter hopelessness in his hometown with indelible and haunting images. He will share his thoughts about them with CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen.
Friday night’s CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC (6:30-7:00 PM, ET/PT) looks at the challenging realities of rebuilding New Orleans in a report by Correspondent Mark Strassmann, who has been regularly reporting from the Gulf region since late April.
On Aug. 28, THE EARLY SHOW ON SATURDAY (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) revisits residents it profiled in the wake of the storm five years ago. On Aug. 29, CBS SUNDAY MORNING (9:00-10:30 AM, ET/PT) will feature a segment by Correspondent Jeff Greenfield that examines Katrina’s effect on the nation’s confidence.
CBS NEWS RADIO’s anniversary coverage, airing throughout the weekend, includes correspondents returning to New Orleans and the surrounding region to follow up on their award-winning coverage. Five years later, they will report on the lasting scars and again take measure of Katrina’s legacy of bureaucracy, crime, health problems and re-building. CBS News Radio Correspondent Dan Raviv travels the parishes and bayous to discuss the tragedy and rebuilding of lives with chefs, educators, civil rights campaigners and historians. There will also be reports from Cami McCormick in New Orleans; Peter King on the Mississippi coast; August Skamenca in Houston with the Katrina refugees who didn’t go home; and Mark Knoller at Xavier University with President Obama, who will speak about the recovery on Aug. 29, the hurricane’s anniversary.
Weekend editions of THE CBS EVENING NEWS will return to the storm’s “ground zero”—Plaquemines Parish—where Correspondent Michelle Miller will talk to residents, fisherman and community leaders about the long road back. Those broadcasts will also include Correspondent Russ Mitchell’s report on whether New Orleans can return to normal if its police department cannot rebuild itself, including an exclusive interview with newly appointed Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. Mitchell also looks at New Orleans’ cultural rebirth post-Katrina and talks with jazz legends Kermit Ruffin, Irvin Mayfield and others about the rebirth of New Orleans music.
And, finally, Mitchell will anchor THE CBS EVENING NEWS from New Orleans on Sunday, Aug. 29 (6:00-6:30 PM, ET/PT).