Betsy Shepherd

Coastal Reporter

Betsy Shepherd covers environmental news and is producing a podcast on the Civil Rights Movement in small-town Louisiana. She won a regional Edward R. Murrow award for a feature she reported on Louisiana’s 2016 floods.

Before joining New Orleans Public Radio, Betsy served as the managing producer of American Routes and online content coordinator at Indiana Public Media. She received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and earned two master’s degrees in journalism and ethnomusicology from Indiana University.

In addition to her work at WWNO, Betsy is a freelance radio producer and reporter for the BBC and The Southern Foodways Alliance.

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Ben Depp / For WWNO

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana.

Ben Depp / WWNO

Maya Smith works as a cashier at a Walmart in New Orleans. She is 21 years old, the breadwinner in her household, and she just walked out in protest of her workplace conditions.

Patrick Madden / WWNO

Across the globe, there is massive demand for a limited supply of ventilators, which are needed to save critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Gov. John Bel Edwards has said that if the current rate of infection persists and new ventilators are not made available, the state will run out of the life-saving devices by next week.

Travis Lux / WWNO

The latest on the spread of coronavirus in New Orleans and across Louisiana today, April 1.

Patrick Madden / WWNO

Record numbers of laid-off workers across Louisiana are waiting for badly needed assistance, while the state struggles to process hundreds of thousands of new unemployment claims. Their lives have been doubly upended by quarantine and financial hardship.