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Pulitzer Prize winner and Loyola alumnus leads panel on state of Louisiana's coast

May 17, 2013

Most of Southeast Louisiana could go virtually underwater before the end of the century if a coastal master plan isn’t completed in the next 40 years, some experts say. Pulitzer Prize-winning environmental journalist Bob Marshall ’71 will headline a free, public panel discussion on that sobering topic May 22 at Loyola University New Orleans.

Organized by New Orleans-based nonprofit news organization The Lens and sponsored by Loyola’s School of Mass Communication and WWNO-FM, the “Is it ‘last call’ for Louisiana’s coast?” event is set for 6 to 8 p.m. in Studio A, located on the fourth floor of the Communications/Music complex on Loyola’s main campus. The panel discussion is inspired by the WWNO series, “The Louisiana Coast: Last Call,” written and reported by Marshall.

The event offers an opportunity for the audience to pose questions to a panel of local environmental experts, including:

  • John Barry, author of “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America;”
  • David Muth, head of the National Wildlife Federation’s Louisiana Coastal Project;
  • Anne Rolfes, founder of Louisiana Bucket Brigade;
  • Kerry St. Pé, head of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program; and
  • Aaron Viles, deputy director at the Gulf Restoration Network.

Marshall, a reporter and columnist at The Times-Picayune for more than 30 years, co-authored the 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning series “Oceans of Trouble.” He joined The Lens this year as an environmental reporter focusing on wetlands restoration, flood protection and coastal erosion. Marshall is also a member of the School of Mass Communication’s Den of Distinction.

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