A federal judge in New Orleans Wednesday sentenced five former police officers for killing and covering up the deaths of two unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Jeffrey Brown and Gordon Russell of The Times-Picayune discuss the legal proceedings and Justice Department aims to reform the city’s police. Continue reading
Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted Friday in connection with a deadly shooting on Danziger Bridge in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. New York Times reporter Campbell Robertson discusses how the convictions are being viewed in a city and police department still grappling with storm aftermath. Continue reading
This year’s Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition — part-contest and part-celebration — drew entries from 110 high school bands, but just 15 were selected as finalists. Jeffrey Brown sits down with the man behind the competition: jazz great Wynton Marsalis. Continue reading
On Saturday, the Army Corps of Engineers opened the floodgates of the Morganza Spillway on the Mississippi River to reduce pressure on the levees that protect Baton Rouge and New Orleans. A number of smaller towns are now having to deal with the possibility of devastating flooding. Correspondent Tom Bearden reports. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown has an update on musician Michael White who continues his efforts to keep New Orleans’ musical tradition strong, five years after Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, jazz musician Michael White is back in New Orleans, but his old neighborhood is still mostly empty. In the years since Katrina he’s experienced a personal and musical “rebirth” — another New Orleans tradition.
Betty Ann Bowser returns to New Orleans to see how three families are coping five years after Hurricane Katrina. Continue reading
“Destroy This Memory” is a narrative photo series by Richard Misrach comprised of 69 color prints that showcases the graffiti messages scrawled by Katrina victims and rescue workers.
Photographer Mario Tama of Getty Images shares some images he has captured of New Orleans and its residents in the five years since he first documented Hurricane Katrina’s profound effects on the city. Continue reading
As the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the superintendent brought in to revive New Orleans’ troubled public schools is bidding farewell after turning many of the schools into charters. Before his departure, Paul Vallas speaks with John Merrow about where things stand with the city’s school reform efforts. Continue reading