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Revisiting Katrina-Ravaged Plaquemines

A broken pipeline spilled 136,000 gallons into a marsh in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans. The white objects seen in the photo are used by cleanup crews to soak up the oil.
Anne Hawke, NPR
A broken pipeline spilled 136,000 gallons into a marsh in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans. The white objects seen in the photo are used by cleanup crews to soak up the oil.
Phillip Simmons, a retired boat captain, saw the entire neighborhood where his family has lived for four generations wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.
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Phillip Simmons, a retired boat captain, saw the entire neighborhood where his family has lived for four generations wiped out by Hurricane Katrina.

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As NPR's Southwest correspondent based in Austin, Texas, John Burnett covers immigration, border affairs, Texas news and other national assignments. In 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, he won national Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association for continuing coverage of the immigration beat. In 2020, Burnett along with other NPR journalists, were finalists for a duPont-Columbia Award for their coverage of the Trump Administration's Remain in Mexico program. In December 2018, Burnett was invited to participate in a workshop on Refugees, Immigration and Border Security in Western Europe, sponsored by the RIAS Berlin Commission.