The television journalists who covered Katrina reflect on the storm – and how they covered it – in a series of exclusive interviews. Here are some of the highlights, courtesy of TVNewser‘s Brian Stelter:
Viewers didn’t know it at the time, but NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams – whose on-the-scene coverage of Hurricane Katrina helped earn NBC a Peabody Award – fell “terribly ill” in the days following the storm.
On Tuesday, August. 30, “we did a broadcast from the I-10 overpass,” Williams recalls. “I thought I could stand up, and I got very weak. They started pumping me with fluids and made me sit down on an equipment box for the broadcast.”
Williams was clearly uncomfortable discussing the illness.
“The only problem I have with it being public … is that I am the last person people should be thinking about,” he says. “I was surrounded by such depravity, watching people try to survive with such great quiet dignity, that I have a real problem with any attention [directed toward me].”
Williams never revealed his illness to viewers.