Atlanta, GA: Journalists working for Atlanta’s NPR & PBS Stations are marking the 10th anniversary of the most destructive hurricane in US History with Remembering Katrina, a week of special reports and insightful programs presented by Public Broadcasting Atlanta starting August 24th.
Atlanta’s NPR Station 90.1FM will interview former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue and former Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin about their response to the hurricane’s aftermath, and the influx of Gulf Coast residents to our state. WABE will also air a conversation with Jim Butterworth, the current head of GEMA (Georgia Emergency Management Agency), about Georgia’s ongoing preparedness for hurricanes and other natural disasters. WABE News producer Candace Wheeler travels to New Orleans to talk with her family who lived in Atlanta after Katrina, and to see how NOLA has – or hasn’t – bounced back in the decade that’s followed. These thoughtful stories will air throughout the week, including a two hour Remembering Katrina special on Closer Look, Wednesday August 26th beginning at noon.
WABE News Remembering Katrina coverage will also be produced for the web on WABE.org/katrina. Throughout the week, WABE.org will share candid stories from Atlanta residents who were displaced by Katrina and decided to stay in the city. The community will also be able to share their stories via social media at #pbarememberingkatrina.
As part of PBA’s Remembering Katrina project, PBA30 will televise three documentary films on Thursday, August 27th starting at 7pm. Katrina 10 Years After: A Second Chance, A Second Life examines how the storm forever changed the lives of people in its path. In the Path of the Storms recounts the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina through stories of longtime residents along Alabama’s coast. Paratus 14:50 chronicles the never-before-told story of the swift and lifesaving response of the U.S. Coast Guard, now considered to be the largest rescue operation in our nation’s history.
Remembering Katrina is exemplary of Public Broadcasting Atlanta’s multiplatform commitment to high quality news and informational programming for the Atlanta community.
WABE 90.1 FM and PBA 30TV, bring NPR News, music, the arts and PBS programming to hundreds of thousands of listeners and viewers each year. Today, people turn to us for their news, music, arts and entertainment. As a broadcast service of Atlanta Public Schools in partnership with the Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative (AETC), PBA has never lost sight of its original mission. Education remains at the core of our operation at every level, from preschoolers to our elders. Both WABE 90.1FM and PBA30 TV are operated by Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA) and licensed by the Atlanta Public Schools.