Chips Quinn Scholars Cover Hurricane Harvey

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle

Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane when it first made landfall east of Corpus Christi, Texas, one week ago, brought battering, record-breaking rainfall to parts of Houston and other cities and towns along the Gulf of Mexico. Even after Harvey was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday night, the rain continued to fall. By Thursday afternoon, at least 38 storm-related deaths had occurred in Texas, more than 30,000 people were in shelters and an estimated 100,000 houses in Texas and Louisiana had been damaged or destroyed. Several Chips Quinn alumni are covering the disaster for their newsrooms. We proudly present some of their work.


James Barragán (Summer 2013), state government reporter, The Dallas Morning News
“ ‘I thought I was going to die’: In Dickinson, families return to homes where they almost died during storm”
“ ‘I don’t wanna be trapped’: Volunteers wade through deep water in Dickinson to rescue Harvey evacuees”
“In Victoria, one resident works through hurricane to help residents”
“At least two dead as Harvey downgraded to tropical storm, but danger not over”
“In Pearland, volunteer firefighters answer thecall to evacuate stranded mobile home park”


Adam Kealoha Causey (Spring 2006), administrative correspondent, The Associated Press
“Harvey repeats devastation back on shore in Texas, Louisiana”



Marie De Jesús (Summer 2010), photographer, Houston Chronicle
Flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey



Nancy Flores (Summer 2001), features writer, Austin American-Statesman
“Austin groups rally to support Harvey victims”



Rick Jervis (Summer 1993), national correspondent, USA Today
“Harvey search and rescue: ‘Constant anxiety and dread’”
“ ‘GET OUT NOW’: Levee breached near Houston in Hurricane Harvey aftermath”
“Release of reservoir water could affect thousands in Houston area”
“Rockport’s most vulnerable are the hardest hit from Harvey”
“1,000 more Guard troops activated as ‘unprecedented’ flooding swamps Houston from Harvey”
“Two dead, at least 30 unaccounted for as Harvey slams Texas”


Alejandra Matos (Spring 2010), state politics and government reporter, Houston Chronicle
“As Hurricane Harvey approaches, complaints of price gouging begin”



Ruthy Muñoz (2016), reporter/fellow, Reuters
“Houston crippled by catastrophic flood, mass evacuations ordered”
“ ‘We’ve got work to do’: Houston policeman’s last words to family”


Wilborn Nobles (Summer 2015), education reporter, Times-Picayune
“Louisiana schools chief: Prepare for students displaced by Harvey”
“New Orleans area schools pitch in to help families affected by Harvey”


Rick Rojas (Summer 2008), reporter, The New York Times
“My Unforgettable Drive Home to Beaumont, Texas”
“As Houston Looks to Recover, Small Towns Now Bear the Brunt”


Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle

Photo: Marie D. De Jesús, Houston Chronicle

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