Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and coasts of Mississippi and Alabama when it made landfall on August 27th 2005. But what happened after the Hurricane passed over, when the levees broke filling New Orleans with water, still haunts not only those who survived after the storm, but the millions of people who watched all over the world.
For five days the city of New Orleans, Louisiana was virtually on it’s own, with people doing what they had to do to survive and feed their families. As the fifth anniversary approaches tomorrow many news agencies will not only be giving their commentary of the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, but replaying images as they happened during those five days from August 27th – September 2nd, 2005 when the Military moved in and the people of New Orleans were evacuated from the city.
While many will debate for years to come where the fault lies for what happened to the people of New Orleans, from Mayor Ray Nagin to President George Bush, the focus of the fifth anniversary is to remember the people who lost their lives and everything they had when Katrina ravaged New Orleans, Louisiana.
ABC plans to show coverage of the aftermath of the devastation in New Orleans with a report from Bob Woodruff who started his series “Katrina: Where Things Stand” on August 26th. The reports will appear on “World News with Diane Sawyer,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” Robin Roberts will also be anchoring “Good Morning America” from Pass Christian, Mississippi on Friday August 27th.
CBS’ “The Early Show” will have Harry Smith anchoring from New Orleans on Friday August 27th at 7AM. There will also be interviews with survivors of Hurricane Katrina and local media who covered the storm and its aftermath.
“The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” on Friday August 27th will have Mark Strassmann reporting on the realities of rebuilding New Orleans.
“The Early Show on Saturday” will have correspondents revisit residents profiled in the wake of the storm on Saturday August 28th. They will also profile Vera Smith who became the image of everything that went wrong in New Orleans.
“CBS Sunday Morning” Jeff Greenfield examines Katrina’s effect on the nation’s confidence on Sunday August 29th.
Weekend editions of “The CBS Evening News” will have Michelle Miller reporting on the recovery efforts in Plaquemines Parish. Russ Mitchell will anchor the broadcast from New Orleans on Sunday and will report on the NOPD where he will interview Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. There will also be a story on New Orleans’ cultural rebirth. The newscast airs Saturday August 28th and Sunday August 29th.
“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” Brian Williams will anchor NBC’s evening newscast from New Orleans Thursday August 26th, Friday August 27th with Brad Pitt as the scheduled interview, Sunday August 29th with an interview with President Barack Obama and August 30th.
“The Today Show” will have Matt Lauer and Al Roker co-hosting live from New Orleans. Scheduled guests for the show include: New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Ray Nagin, Michael Brown, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Irvin Mayfield and others on Friday August 27th.“Meet the Press” Brian Williams will host a special edition of NBC’s public affairs from New Orleans with guests Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Sen. Mary Landrieu. Sunday August 29th.
“Anderson Cooper 360” will host his show from New Orleans on Wednesday August 25th through Friday August 27th. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Soledad O’Brien, Tom Foreman and Randi Kaye will report on education, health care and FEMA trailers.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta will revisit the doctors and nurses of Charity Hospital, from where he reported during Katrina’s flooding aftermath. The special will air in two parts on Saturday August 28th and Sunday August 29th.
Jonathan Hunt, Trace Gallagher and Arthel Neville will report live from the region throughout the week and weekend.
Coverage and live reports from the Gulf region and New Orleans will be broadcast all weekend.