My reporting on disaster recovery in south Louisiana:
In August 2020, I began covering the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Delta for Southerly. Three of these stories were supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center's Connected Coastlines Project, and several have been re-published by local and national outlets, which I've noted below. Since then, I've continued reporting on the continued disasters across south Louisiana; you can find all of my stories compiled below.
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Me interviewing Lisa Morgan in Lafayette, La in December 2020. Photo by Katie Sikora.
Opposite: early voting in Lake Charles. Photo by Katie Sikora.
Supported by Pulitzer Center; co-published with The Hechinger Report; re-published by Louisiana Illuminator.
Opposite: Lisa Morgan, a high school teacher in Lake Charles.
Photo by Katie Sikora.
Supported by Pulitzer Center; re-published by The Current and Louisiana Illuminator.
Opposite: Sasha Miller, a single mother in Lake Charles who became unhoused as a result of the hurricanes. Photo by Katie Sikora.
Photo by Katie Sikora.
‘People are wiped out’: Costs pile up as hurricane season begins (6/23/21) Co-reported and co-published with the Texas Observer
As initial FEMA deadline approaches, some applicants describe trouble getting evacuation aid (9/10/21) Exclusively for The Lens NOLA
Other dispatches as Southerly's Gulf Coast Correspondent:
Nobody warned Texans about the public health risks of the winter storm, co-reported & co-published with the Texas Observer
How faith leaders organized to win two major environmental victories in Louisiana, co-reported with Sara Sneath
How Louisiana's oil and gas industry uses prison labor, Powerlines Project (co-published by Scalawag Magazine, Southerly Magazine, and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University).
High stakes for the climate in Louisiana elections, Scalawag Magazine
20,000 AT&T workers in the South went on strike--and won, Scalawag Magazine
Winning labor rights in the South means changing state laws, Scalawag Magazine
Old Bridge, New Cliques, Down East Magazine
The South's Ellis Island, The Bitter Southerner, featured in the The Bitter Southerner Reader: Volume 4
The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, 64 Parishes, Summer 2021 issue
Be for a Blessing, The Oxford American, Summer/Fall 2020 issue
Two Houses on the Eatonton-Milledgeville Road, The Bitter Southerner
Knowing Phyllis Austin, Down East Magazine