Unwavering coverage of the hurricane and its impact on the Mississippi coast
Reporting continuously for more than 12 days, this small market station on the coast of Mississippi served its community with advance warnings about where to find shelter, food and medicine and acted as a lifeline to the community long after the storm. While the staff faced personal danger and ultimately great personal loss, the station continued to broadcast even after Katrina tore a hole in the roof of its newsroom. WLOX sent its reports out on local radio stations and collaborated with local newspapers to put newspaper reports on the air. Through its own web site and those of its sister stations in the Liberty chain, WLOX kept thousands of South Mississippians informed about the disaster and its aftermath.
The entire editorial and production staff of WLOX-TV; Dave Vincent, news director and station manager; Leon Long, vice president and general manager.