Lots of South Asian angles to the Gustav coverage that we are seeing on TV and elsewhere. Of course, there's Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, who has been overseeing the preparations (see SAJAforum's post about him and the hurricane).
There are also several South Asians who have been covering the storm. If you know of others covering it via print, broadcast or online (including producers and editors) - or know of other connections we should know about - please post about them in the comments section below or e-mail saja[at]columbia.edu. UPDATE, Sept. 9, 2008:
LISTEN to a discussion with FIVE South Asian journalists who covered Gustav here.
Above: Sunday, Aug. 31, 6 pm ET - That's Ali Velshi, CNN business anchor, far away from the NYC studio and his sharp banker's suits. He's in Grand Isle, Louisiana, where he's reporting on the approaching hurricane and its impact on the oil production facilities in the area.
Below: Sunday, Aug. 31, 9 am ET - That's Hari Sreenivasan, CBS News correspondent in New Orleans (also known as "Hari-cane" for all his coverage of natural disasters). One of his Gustav pieces is embedded below.
Below: Monday, Sept. 1, 6 am ET - Priya David of CBS News was in Texas, covering some of the nine million folks from Louisiana who evacuated. One of her Gustav pieces is embedded below.
Covering this story:
- Ali Velshi, CNN business anchor, reporting from Grand Isle about the oil infrastructure.
- Hari Sreenivasan, CBS News correspondent in New Orleans
- Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, reporting from East Jefferson Hospital in New Orleans (his 2005 reports from Charity Hospital highlighted some of the most troublesome aspects of the government's Katrina coverage).
- Priya David, CBS News correspondent, reporting on evacuees in Texas (update: she then went to South Carolina for Hanna, then Miami for Ike).
- Roop Raj, morning anchor for WDSU in New Orleans, has been covering the hurricane. A former weatherman, he's a veteran of the Katrina coverage - anchoring for nearly 17 hours straight when that hurricane hit in 2005.
- Shaila Dewan, NYT correspondent, writes a front page in the Sept. 1 paper:
A Long and Weary Bus Ride, Haunted by Memories (her dateline: "ABOARD A BUS FROM NEW ORLEANS"). Read some of her 2005 Katrina coverage here and here.
- Kiran Chetry, anchor on CNN's "American Morning" - in NYC
- Kiran Khalid, producer on ABC's "Good Morning America" - in NYC
- Vinod Jose, is Pacifica Radio's news producer supervising the reporters on the ground covering the hurricane [vinodkjose at gmail]
- Subrata De, Brian Williams's producer for NBC Nightly News, is in New Orleans for "NBC Nightly News"
UPDATE: Sept. 9, 2008: LISTEN to a discussion with FIVE South Asian journalists who covered Gustav here.
If you know of other South Asian journos covering it via print, broadcast or online (including producers and editors) - or know of other connections we should know about - please post about them in the comments section below or e-mail saja[at]columbia.edu.