Big Easy Station Looks Back at Katrina

WDSU (New Orleans) is looking forward as it looks back on the 10 year anniversary.

Yep, it's been 10 years since former NBC Anchor watched bodies float down the street of the French Quarter. 

Starting tonight, WDSU will kick off their anniversary coverage with a  series of two- to three-minute stories will air during the 5 and 6 p.m. weekday newscasts throughout the month, leading up to a week of half-hour specials beginning Aug. 24 at 6:30 p.m., and then a one-hour special, "Chronicle: Children of Katrina," Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.

The coverage is branded "Katrina: 10 Years Forward."

"We're looking throughout the month of August at issues relevant to the 10th anniversary," said Jonathan Shelley, news director. "We made a conscious effort to acknowledge the past, but also look at where we are today."

The newscast pieces will explore "how Katrina changed the dynamic of the city," Shelley said. The nightly 6:30 p.m. specials will focus on specific topics, such as recovery progress in individual neighborhoods and the storm's impact on the local sports scene. The Aug. 29 special will look at subjects who were "children and teens at the time of the storm," Shelley said. "What became of them? How did it change their lives, and how are they faring today as adults?"

The organizing philosophy for the coverage, Shelley said, is that Hurricane Katrina and the effects of the federal flood are still an evolving story.

"We recognize that not everything we put on television is going to necessarily demonstrate complete success of the recovery," he said. "There are still some things we're exploring that are very much challenged. We're not going to sugarcoat it, but there's a lot of success out there."