Monday, September 15, 2014

That Time I Covered Hurricane Ivan

Ten years ago this week, I had one of my more interesting assignments as a professional journalist, driving to the Mississippi coast to meet Hurricane Ivan. The storm jogged east at the last minute so Mississippi missed the worst of it, but it was still pretty impressive. 

At the time I was working for the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, along with fellow WKU Herald alum Ryan Clark, who actually beat me to the coast by at least a few hours. Ryan's website has a bunch of great old newspaper stories on it, including one page with a photo of the special edition the paper put out. The main story has my name on it, and I'm unashamed to say I never get tired of seeing my byline:

Ryan went on to publish a bunch of great books, mostly about University of Kentucky basketball. You should check out his site.

One of the things I miss about full-time daily journalism is being in the thick of things. Driving toward a hurricane when the northbound lanes are jammed would be considered insane under normal circumstances. 

I think I still have the rubber boots in my trunk, just in case.