Overcoming my obstacles to “Going Green”

From the rolling hills of the Kisatchie Forest to the marshes and bayous of the Atchafalaya Basin, you can’t escape Louisiana’s natural beauty. Why would you want to? It’s easy to understand why so much time and effort is spent protecting Mother Nature. Current efforts, however, may not be enough.

With a disappearing coastline and hazy skies on hot days, the human footprint on the environment is growing. Recycling is one of the easiest ways to reduce our impact and has been around for years. Some critics say it’s not cost-effective or the impact is negligible without widespread participation.  Well, Earth’s prayers may have been answered.  Continue reading

WATCH: Hurricanes Gustav and Ike dump heavy rain, force evacuations

Click the video below to watch a montage of my reports on the evacuation and sheltering of tens of thousands of Louisiana and Texas residents during hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

“…And I approve this message.”

Blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and other new media have assumed a more prominent role in the 2008 Presidential election. Barack Obama is touting more than a million Facebook friends and John McCain is capitalizing on his “Original Maverick” brand of advertising.

This historic campaign is unlike any that we’ve seen in recent history, with a number of election “firsts.” Not only is the length of this campaign season notable, but the speed and intensity that has sustained is mind-boggling.

With the urgency and reach of the internet, there leaves no time for either side to take a quick breather. E-mail updates, social networking groups, YouTube, and countless other resources have the ability to influence millions of potential voters with a few carefully calculated keystrokes. The power of one medium, television, has not waned in the past 50 years. It continues to be the most effective and direct way to reach key voter demographics.  Continue reading

Standing eye-to-eye with Hurricane Ike

Gusts of wind topping 100 miles per hour, 20 foot storm surge, hazardous airborne debris; you couldn’t ask for a more hazardous work environment.  Who would be crazy enough to voluntarily brave the elements?

I’ve always thought it irresponsible and somewhat sensationalist for TV journalists to stand out in the middle of a hurricane, all for a 50 second live shot. I’m not writing this post because I felt I was put in harm’s way.  In fact, my managers have done everything possible to ensure we keep personal safety at the forefront of everything we do.   It certainly makes for compelling live television, but what journalistic value does standing in a storm provide?  Continue reading