Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, it’s clear to Washington journalist and New Orleans native Cokie Roberts that the city is back.
Roberts, who appeared on ABC News’ Sunday show “This Week,” visited New Orleans for anniversary events and brought back a newspaper headline that she said captured the spirit of the city — Resurrection.
“I was there overnight, on Friday, and I brought back the newspaper from yesterday, ‘Resurrection,’” Roberts said. “That’s really true. The city is back.”
“It’s got a lot of good things going on. Business community involved in the public schools. More african-american males graduating from high school than the national average and there are a lot of really wonderful things happening.”
But Roberts said there’s still much work to be done.
“There’s still a ways to go for the very poorest of the poor and the companies and the foundations and the foreign countries that have been there helping need to stay,” she said.
The daughter of two late members of Congress, Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs, Roberts gained fame in her own right as Capitol Hill correspondent for National Public Radio. She also writes a weekly syndicated column with her husband, Steven, that regularly appears in The Advocate.