I was amazed, astounded and very much appalled because there’s been so much of nothing.

In 2006, a student reporter at the Columbia Missourian, I traveled to New Orleans with a group of Missouri volunteers. Thirteen months after Hurricane Katrina and the ensuing flooding, the neighborhood of Gentilly was still devastated and deserted. I wrote daily columns and a cover story for the Sunday newspaper. Read the full story here. The radio interview was a behind the scenes look.