Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.

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New Orleans teens in detention center were evacuated to adult prison for Hurricane Ida

By: and - September 15, 2021

Thirty-six teenagers housed in the New Orleans juvenile detention center were evacuated to a state adult prison in Iberville Parish ahead of Hurricane Ida, a move that children advocates described as inappropriate and possibly illegal. The New Orleans Juvenile Justice Intervention Center’s director, Kyshun Webster, said Monday that his facility has a longstanding agreement with […]

Louisiana deals with Tropical Storm Nicholas, while still recovering from Hurricane Ida

By: - September 13, 2021

Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicholas, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced precautions are in place, including stationing the National Guard with 80 high water vehicles and 23 boats. The storm is expected to hit the Texas coast directly, but could dump life-threatening rain across southwestern Louisiana.  Currently, flash flooding seems to be the biggest danger the […]

Louisiana state police address the public after new allegations of police brutality

By: - September 10, 2021

Creating a more diverse workforce, increasing consequences for abuse of power and new implicit bias training are the main steps State Police Superintendent Col. Lamar Davis is focusing on, he said at a Friday press conference, as the agency tries to regain the public’s trust after months of media reports alleging the State Police routinely […]

President Biden tours Hurricane Ida aftermath

Louisiana public defenders don’t know where youths evacuated from detention centers were taken

By: - September 9, 2021

Public defenders are still scrambling to locate children who were being held at Louisiana detention centers when Hurricane Ida hit last month. Many of these youths were evacuated with no information given to their local defenders, who are now uncertain as to where they are being held.   Unlike juvenile incarceration facilities, which are run by […]

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In 1960 Louisiana, Black victim — not white shooter — convicted of a crime

By: and - September 8, 2021

This story was produced by Manship News Service at the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication. It is the third story in a four-part series from the LSU Cold Case Project. You can read the first story in this series here and the second story in this series here.  More than six decades ago a […]

With lack of power, New Orleans synagogues disrupted right before High Holidays

By: - September 4, 2021

Hurricane Ida disrupted synagogues across metro New Orleans right before the High Holy Days, an extremely significant time in the Jewish faith. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is held on Sept. 6 and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, will be Sept. 16.  With congregations scattered because of the hurricane, most synagogues across New […]

New Orleans residents struggle to get medicine, contact family after Hurricane Ida

By: - September 2, 2021

Days after Hurricane Ida knocked out power, people in New Orleans are dealing with extreme heat and gas shortages. Some are struggling to find medicine they need to take.  At the Treme Recreation Center, cars and pedestrians lined up to get bags of ice and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs).   Kim Silver, one of the […]

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Louisiana babies airlifted out of Louisiana hospitals, sent to Texas

By: and - September 1, 2021

Six newborns from Terrebonne General Medical Center were evacuated to Ochsner Lafayette General, the hospital announced Tuesday.  All six are in stable condition and staff members at the hospital have been working extra shifts and staying late for feedings to take care of all patients, Critical Care Nurse Manager Meagan Daigle said. Other sick babies […]

Hurricane Ida sends Nicholls State students to shelter at Louisiana Tech

By: - August 31, 2021

The future is uncertain for the 40 Nicholls State University students taking shelter at Louisiana Tech in Ruston. The students, who evacuated Saturday night, have no timeframe for when they might be able to return to college. Nicholls hometown parish of Lafourche was devastated by Hurricane Ida, and damage is currently being assessed, with roads […]

Gov. John Bel Edwards

Hurricane Ida upgraded to Category 4 storm, called ‘potentially catastrophic’ for Louisiana

By: - August 27, 2021

Hurricane Ida is expected to be an extreme threat to Louisiana, when it makes landfall as a Category 4 storm Sunday evening. A state of emergency was declared Thursday in 12 parishes. Five parishes are under a voluntary or mandatory evacuation order already.  National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Schott said Ida is developing faster than […]

What does Louisiana school lunchtime look like during a pandemic?

By: - August 27, 2021

With the fourth surge of the COVID-19 delta variant still raging, K-12 school systems in Louisiana have had to restructure their most basic services  — even school lunches.  Though mask mandates are in place for Louisiana schools, educators still have to safely navigate lunchtime, where students have to remove masks in order to eat.  In […]

COVID-19 outbreaks at Louisiana nursing homes infect nearly 1,200 staff members

Louisiana baby dies from COVID-19 amid Delta surge

By: - August 25, 2021

A child under the age of one died from COVID-19 in Louisiana this week, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday.  The child is one out of 11 children younger than 18 that have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana. According to the LDH, this is the youngest COVID-19 death in more than six months, marking […]