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Finding hope in a storm-battered city: one reporter reflects on his year in Lake Charles

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Bill Feig
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Storm damage in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Today on Louisiana Considered, we hear one reporter reflect on his year of covering Lake Charles. We also learn about a new podcast that dives into the failures of Alabama’s prison system, and discover why FEMA is struggling to provide trailers for bayou parish residents.

The Advocate’s Mike Smith spent the last year living and reporting in Lake Charles. On Friday, he joined Patrick Madden and the Advocate’s editorial director and columnist Stephanie Grace to reflect on his time in the southwestern Louisiana city. He shares how he managed to report on the hope among residents, despite their struggles with storm damage.

WBHM’s Mary Scott Hodgin has a new podcast that dives into the failures of the Alabama prison system. The Gulf States Newsroom’s Brittany Brown spoke with her to learn how these prisons are violating civil rights.

Eight months after Hurricane Ida, nearly 1,000 bayou parish residents are still waiting on FEMA trailers. WWNO coastal reporter Kezia Setyawan tells us why FEMA has struggled to provide enough move-in ready trailers and how residents are responding.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.