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'Last call for Louisiana's coast?' Pulitzer Prize winner leads Loyola panel

Loyola press release - May 20, 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.