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Loyola to host discussion with chroniclers of Katrina

Loyola press release - April 9, 2015

Loyola University New Orleans will present “Katrina: Before, During and After,” a discussion about one of the most devastating hurricanes in history from the perspective of a group of people who experienced the storm in their own distinct ways. Panelists include WDSU-TV Chief Meteorologist Margaret Orr; longtime NOLA.com | Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson; and geographer and author Richard Campanella. Former WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson will moderate.

The free event, sponsored by the Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola, will be Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium, on the third floor of Monroe Hall.

Orr, who has been with WDSU-TV since 1979, and chief meteorologist since 2009, will talk about her experiences covering Hurricane Katrina before it hit land and the realization of what was coming. Orr worked 12-hour shifts the weekend of the storm until the eve of landfall.

Jackson, NOLA.com | Times-Picayune photographer since 1984, will speak about covering the storm and its aftermath. Jackson was part of a team at The Times-Picayune that won two Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, one for public service and another for breaking news. Throughout the years, he has covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Persian Gulf War, life in Cuba and political upheaval in Haiti. In 1997, he was one of a four-person team that won a Pulitzer Prize for public service for “Oceans of Trouble,” a comprehensive look at the plight of the world’s fisheries.

Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, will speak about "Our Changing Human Geography, 2005-2015, in Historical Perspective.” Campanella is the author of nine books and numerous articles on the geography of New Orleans. He is also a monthly columnist for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, Preservation in Print Magazine, and the quarterly Louisiana Cultural Vistas. He is the only two-time winner of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities "Book of the Year" Award.

For more information, contact Laura Beatty at labeatty@loyno.edu or 865-3431, or Leslie Parr at parr@loyno.edu.