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Katy Reckdahl

Katy Reckdahl

Katy Reckdahl joins Verite after working as a staff reporter for The Times-Picayune and the alt-weekly Gambit before spending a decade as a freelancer, writing frequently for the New Orleans Advocate | Times-Picayune, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has received more than two dozen first-place New Orleans Press Club awards, the James Aronson Award for social justice reporting, a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and three TV-documentary Emmy Awards. In 2020, she was a producer for The Atlantic’s Peabody Award-winning podcast Floodlines.

Kaelynn and Abyanie Bailey, two of the few children who live on this block of New Orleans 7th Ward

7th Ward residents try to hold on to culture as neighborhood changes

By: - November 19, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – As his clippers hummed, barber Jaron “JRoc” Williams explained how his block of Touro Street has changed since he started cutting hair here 27 years ago, at age 13. Today, Williams, at 40 is one of the block’s steadfast figures, known for wielding his scissors and comb behind the vintage red barber […]

Albert Woodfox, Angola 3 member, ‘Solitary’ author, dies at 75

By: - August 4, 2022

This story was originally published by Verite, a nonprofit news outlet based in New Orleans. Albert Woodfox, the prison activist and member of the Angola 3 whose memoir “Solitary” was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, died Thursday (Aug. 4) at Ochsner Baptist Hospital after contracting the COVID-19 virus. He […]

Seated together: new Louisiana Civil Rights Trail honors Dooky Chase’s for defying segregation

By: - June 1, 2021

NEW ORLEANS — Last month, as her audience lunched on fried chicken and mustard greens, Sybil Morial summarized why the first marker for the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail was installed outside the dining room’s door, in front of Dooky Chase’s Restaurant. Seventy years ago, this place defied de jure segregation, said Morial, 88, a former […]

In Angola’s Oak 4 dormitory Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling douses hopes

By: - May 18, 2021

The news spread quickly on Monday from the nation’s highest court to its largest maximum-security prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. That morning, in the case Edwards v. Vannoy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that its 2020 Ramos v. Louisiana decision — which held that the Sixth Amendment right to a unanimous jury applies […]