A 50-part investigation of government corruption in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
WWL-TV’s relentless 50-part investigation into a non-profit city agency revealed that a post-Hurricane Katrina house-gutting program designed for the poor and elderly may have been a scheme to funnel money to contractors. Their investigation showed homes that the non-profit claimed to have renovated using federal dollars but where work was never done. Through extensive research, the WWL-TV team also found significant links between the highest paid contractors and the executive director of the non-profit, and one contractor who was linked to the city’s mayor, Ray Nagin. WWL-TV’s stories triggered an investigation by the U.S. Attorney, FBI, and HUD. As a result of the series, a federal grand jury began reviewing evidence of the case. The team produced a remarkable volume of stories that provided depth and detail to the investigation.
Lee Zurik, reporter; Karen Gadbois, contributor, researcher; Tom Moore, Bob Parkinson, photography; Dominic Massa, Chris Slaughter, executive producers
Visit WWL-TV: wwltv.com/