Covering Ian. The stories behind the stories

These Florida morning show hosts stayed on the air for 12 hours after Hurricane Ian


“I just want to tell you, the first thing I heard was your voices the next morning,” said a caller, her own voice wavering. “Oh shoot. And it made me cry, the comfort of hearing your voices.”

David Jones and Meredith Michaels are not breaking news reporters. They didn’t file stories from the businesses or homes hit last week by Hurricane Ian. They won’t spend the coming months interrogating evacuation orders or recovery efforts.

But last week, they were there for listeners in ways they’ve always been and in ways they’ve never had to be before.

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