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Kathleen Koch Writes of a ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Post-Katrina Journey For Her Hometown

Rising From Katrina.jpgAmong the reporters covering Hurricane Katrina five years ago was former CNNer Kathleen Koch. And now, she’s written a book about the storm’s devastation.

Koch, who left CNN nearly two years ago, is the author of Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered. Koch was once a resident of Bay St. Louis.

The book “is my best effort to share the extraordinary, gut-wrenching journey that my family, friends and neighbors in Mississippi began” when Katrina hit, Koch writes on her website. “I wish I could say it was over. For many, it’s not. But hopefully, reading their story of loss, transformation and recovery will inspire others struggling to overcome what might seem insurmountable obstacles.”

According to Koch’s website, a portion of the book’s proceeds will benefit two nonprofits that focus on recovery efforts in Bay St. Louis.

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CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

More photos, after the jump…

(photo by Richard Kolko)

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Life After A Layoff: TVNewsers Navigate A Career Detour

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Stouffer CNN.jpg“There’s life after whatever job you’re in now,” says former HLN anchor Linda Stouffer.

Stouffer was laid off in December after 12 years at the network.

She was not alone. Dozens of tvnewsers, on air and off, were let go at the end of 2008, as the industry reacted to a turbulent economy. Kevin Corke, John Larson and Mark Mullen of NBC lost their jobs. So did CNN’s Kathleen Koch and Rusty Dornin, HLN’s Carrie Lee, and numerous other journalists at those networks and at CBS News, too. ABC News laid off 35 staffers earlier this year.

Stouffer may have been in good company, but she was still looking to get back to work.

And she did. Three months after leaving HLN, she was picked up by Atlanta’s ABC station, WSB-TV. Stouffer is reporting part-time, hoping “to have some anchor opportunities down the line.”

Good news after an initial jolt. “Job loss is an earthquake of an experience,” says Stouffer, who first took time to “take stock, to see what I wanted to do next.”

It was her “big think.”

Kelli Arena.jpgAfter also being laid off in December, former CNN Justice Department/Supreme Court correspondent Kelli Arena has had the chance to reflect, too.

“I’m doing great,” she says. “I had been working non-stop until now.

“The opportunity to just slow down, and take a breath, and not be ruled by my Blackberry is a tremendously different life than the one I had before,” she says.

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More On-Air Talent Out at CNN

lee_12-13.jpgTVNewser has confirmed CNN Headline News afternoon anchor Carrie Lee is leaving the network. Her last day is Tuesday.

The New York-based anchor has been with the network since 2001.

FishbowlDC reports Kelli Arena, Justice Department/Supreme Court correspondent, is leaving CNN.

Yesterday we reported correspondents Jamie McIntyre and Kathleen Koch were leaving the network as well.

Related: Greta Van Susteren blasts her former employer on Gretawire. “They did it again!” she writes. “CNN fires people just in time for Christmas! Make you sick? People often ask why I left CNN…I didn’t like management…CNN fires loyal people to meet some bottom line the management failed to meet.”

Kathleen Koch Leaving CNN

koch_12-12.jpgKathleen Koch is leaving CNN after 18 years with the network. Koch specialized in aviation reporting and was a back-up correspondent at the Pentagon and White House.

Koch is based out of the DC bureau.

Earlier today, Jamie McIntyre announced he was leaving as well.

“2009 will be a year of change for the nation,” she writes in a memo obtained by TVNewser. “And it will be a year of change for me. After 18 years with CNN, I am moving on.”

Click continued to see the full memo from Koch…

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