Flood Recovery: Not-So-Rapid Rehousing, WWNO, August 15, 2017
Federal aid helped pay for hotels for thousands of Louisianans after last year’s flood. Until May, the short-term program help people find shelter, especially low-income renters. Now a state-managed program is still filling in the gaps, trying to give more permanent homes to families washed out last year — including a single mother in Baton Rouge.
The Uncertain Future of Flood Insurance, WWNO, July 25, 2017
Since last August, the popularity of flood insurance has again surged in Louisiana, but the future of the debt-laden National Flood Insurance Program is uncertain. Since 2005, the program has racked up $24.6 billion in liability to the U.S. Treasury, mostly due to claims after Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the Great Louisiana Flood of 2016. That’s just one way that Louisiana’s past is influencing the federal program’s future.
The Danger of Urban Heat Islands, High Country News, May 16, 2017
Western communities, including Los Angeles, are aware that urban heat is a serious and growing threat to public health, and the warming climate only increases the problem…But researchers are still learning about how people are affected by excessive heat in the places where they spend most of their time — inside their homes.
(The story was picked up by ClimateDesk, and reproduced in The Atlantic’s CityLab, Grist, and Wired, among others.)
Governor Edwards grilled on flood response, WWNO, April 5, 2017
This was a two-way in which I reported on Governor John Bel Edwards’ federal public hearing and provided context for analyzing his response to the 2016 flood.
Disaster was his routine: An interview with Craig Fugate about Louisiana and FEMA, WWNO, March 30, 2017
This was a two-way in which I interviewed former FEMA chief Craig Fugate.
Exploring what a hotter Los Angeles means for public health, USC Center for Health Journalism, March 2, 2017
Curiosity has its own reason for existence, Albert Einstein says, and in my case that reason is personal. My old radio station, a few years back, ran out of desks for all of its reporters, and we were encouraged to work from home, where I have no central air. By early afternoon from June on, I’d be sweating in that home bureau, and I’d notice my thinking slow down and get foggy. I started planning way more interviews in sleek, air-conditioned buildings. I’m not even one of the people most vulnerable to heat in Los Angeles. But who is?