Covering Ian. The stories behind the stories

Opinion | Journalists in southwest Florida aren’t just covering Hurricane Ian. They’re living it.

‘Several have lost their homes or they’re uninhabitable. Even as we try to let them rest or send reinforcements, they don’t want to stop their work.’


Covering a monster of a hurricane with catastrophic winds and a life-threatening storm surge is challenging, stressful and scary for any journalist.

Now imagine covering that story while worrying if that same storm is going to wipe out your home and endanger your family.

That’s what journalists in Florida — especially near where powerful Hurricane Ian made landfall — went through last week. Ian wasn’t just a story to cover. It was a storm to live through.

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