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Aug 26, 2010

Katrina, 5 years later, CBS News


CBS News will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with special programming, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, when Harry Smith anchors "The Early Show" from New Orleans.

CBS News will commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with special programming, beginning Friday, Aug. 27, when Harry Smith anchors "The Early Show" from New Orleans.

Anniversary coverage will continue throughout the weekend on CBS News Radio, weekend editions of "The CBS Evening News" and "CBS News Sunday Morning."

During Friday's "Early Show," correspondent Michelle Miller will profile 10 and 11-year-old brothers who are in the "Roots of Music" program. Their family lost everything to Katrina and, after wading through the waters to escape, they had to move to Texas.

Other highlights of the "Early Show" coverage include a unique perspective on the aftermath of the disaster, through the lens of Ted Jackson, one of New Orleans' top photojournalists. Jackson captured the chaos, desperation and feeling of utter hopelessness in his hometown with indelible and haunting images. He will share his thoughts about them with correspondent Betty Nguyen.

On Friday night, the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric" will feature a piece from correspondent Mark Strassmann, who has been regularly reporting from the Gulf region since late April.

On Aug. 28, "The Early Show on Saturday Morning" revisits residents it profiled in the wake of the storm five years ago.

On Aug. 29, "Sunday Morning" will feature a segment from correspondent Jeff Greenfield examining Katrina's effect on our national confidence.

CBS News Radio's anniversary coverage, airing throughout the weekend, includes correspondents returning to New Orleans and the surrounding region to follow up on their award-winning coverage. Five years later, they will report on the lasting scars and again take measure of the Katrina legacy of bureaucracy, crime, health problems and rebuilding. Correspondent Dan Raviv travels the parishes and bayous to discuss the tragedy and the rebuilding of lives with chefs, educators, civil rights campaigners and historians. There will also be reports from Cami McCormick in New Orleans, Peter King on the Mississippi coast, August Skamenca in Houston with the Katrina refugees who didn't go home, and Mark Knoller with President Obama at Xavier University. Mr. Obama will speak about the recovery on Aug 29, the actual anniversary.

The weekend editions of "The CBS Evening News" will return to the storm's “ground zero” -- Plaquemines Parish - where Miller talks to residents, fisherman and community leaders about the long road back. Those broadcasts will also include Correspondent Russ Mitchell's report on whether New Orleans can truly return to normal if its police department cannot rebuild itself. The report will include an exclusive interview with newly-appointed Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas. Mitchell also looks at New Orleans' cultural rebirth post-Katrina, and talks with jazz legends Kermit Ruffin, Irvin Mayfield and others about the rebirth of New Orleans music.

And, finally, Mitchell will anchor "The CBS Evening News" from New Orleans on Sunday, Aug. 29.


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