NOLA13 brings you three high-profile media pros who know New Orleans well. Get ready to hear their stories and learn what their career paths and extensive experience can teach you.
Thursday: Alex Rawls
Alex Rawls stepped away from the print world to cover music and culture in New Orleans and beyond as the founder and publisher of MySpiltMilk.com. He’s covered music, art, books and food in New Orleans since 1990.
He formerly edited New Orleans’ OffBeat magazine and was the music editor for Gambit Weekly before Hurricane Katrina. He guest-edited the 2012 Oxford American music issue, which focused on Louisiana, and recently he became a weekly contributor to the New Orleans edition of the Baton Rouge daily paper, The Advocate. He has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin, USA Today, Essence and No Depression, among others. Rawls has presented talks at the EMP Pop Music Conference and was named a New Orleanian to Watch in 2012 by New Orleans. @MySpiltMilk
Friday: Hoda Kotb
A Dateline NBC correspondent since April 1998, Hoda Kotb has hosted the fourth hour of the Today show since 2007. Kotb has covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories, including the war in Iraq, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians and the War on Terror in Afghanistan.
Kotb also covered the aftermath and one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, a story personal to Kotb, who lived in New Orleans for six years. Kotb is also the New York Times bestselling author of two non-fiction books. Prior to joining NBC News, Kotb worked at WWL-TV in New Orleans; WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla.; WQAD-TV in Moline, Ill.; and WXVT-TV in Greenville, Miss. Kotb began her broadcast career with CBS News as a news assistant in Cairo, Egypt.
Through his nearly 30 years with The New Orleans Times-Picayune, photojournalist Ted Jackson has covered the physical destruction and emotional trauma of earthquakes and hurricanes (most notably, Katrina), the opening of the Berlin Wall, the Persian Gulf War and political upheaval in Haiti.
His first major photo essay, “Desire, Death of a Dream,” was on life in the Desire housing development, one of the country’s worst. In 2003, he documented a local story about high-stakes school testing, following one eighth-grade class through a year. In 1997, he was one of a four-person team that won a Pulitzer Prize for public service for “Oceans of Trouble,” a comprehensive look at the impending collapse of the world’s fisheries. He was also part of the The Times-Picayune staff whose Katrina coverage won a Pulitzer for public service and another for breaking news. @TedJacksonphoto