Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

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Most of my reporting and writing time from August to October 2006 was devoted to coverage of the recovery of New Orleans and its residents after hurricane Katrina and the ensuing flood.

Flooded in DoubtFlooded in Doubt cover

In September 2006, I reported from New Orleans with a photographer and TV reporter. This story focuses on Warrington Drive, a street in the Gentilly neighborhood that runs directly parallel to one of the breached levees. I kept a blog during the trip, wrote a longer narrative upon my return and coordinated a multimedia package.
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New Orleans’ RecoveryMark of Excellence

During my trip to New Orleans, I kept a daily blog on our experiences discovering a city in ruins. It was a challenge just finding the wireless connection to file our updates, but the response from the community was great. This blog earned me a national finalist spot in the 2006 Mark of Excellence Awards for online opinion writing.


A Call from the GulfCall from the Gulf cover

This story was filed from afar on day 1 of our trip to New Orleans. I accompanied a group of volunteers from Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church who spent a week gutting houses in the Gentilly neighborhood. Updates for the rest of trip were on the blog.


For religious groups, giving goes on060829 Katrina photo

This was my first story on Katrina recovery, about a day camp for children affected by the storm whose families had resettled in mid-Missouri. A reader who saw this story invited me to join her and her church on a volunteer trip to New Orleans, which is how the rest of my stories came about.



Written by Isabelle Roughol

Saturday, 12 January, 2008 at 13:32

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