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Alumna writes chapter in book about Katrina

Loyola press release - June 13, 2007

New Orleans)— Loyola University New Orleans alum Sara Shipley Hiles, A’93, wrote a chapter in a recently published book, City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina, detailing how the residents of New Orleans were shortchanged by many factors, including the government, technology, and the environment.

In April 2006, the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit organization which funds independent investigative journalism projects, recruited seven journalists to write the book. Hiles, an environmental journalist, wrote Chapter Two, “The Environment.” During a nine-day trip to New Orleans in 2006, she interviewed residents, Army Corps of Engineers representatives, and environmental experts, and visited the areas most devastated by the storm.

After graduating from Loyola, Hiles worked at the Times Picayune newspaper for six years before her career led her to several other cities. She now writes freelance and teaches part-time at Western Kentucky University.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.