Jason Saul

Director of Digital Services + Corporate Development

Jason Saul is WWNO's Director of Digital Services, a multimedia journalist and a member of the station's corporate media underwriting team, dedicated to fostering partnerships with local businesses in support of their outreach efforts and WWNO’s fundraising goals.

Jason heads up WWNO's sports desk, is the point person for digital initiatives and social media outreach, and is a spot news and features reporter during major events.

Jason, a native of New York (but a long-time resident of the Crescent City), has an extensive background in traditional, digital and social media, and the intersections between them.

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6:21 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Music Snapshots From New Orleans

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Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World, was in New Orleans recently and he filed this report — an interview with Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, and Yegor Romantsov of local band Debauche.
I recently spent some time in New Orleans and I wanted to tell you about a few residents I met while in the Big Easy. Gwen Thompkins hosts the program " Music Inside Out " on station WWNO. She is the former East Africa correspondent for NPR.
11:13 am
Fri July 12, 2013

In New Orleans, Public Radio, Local Startups, And More Are Teaming Up For The News

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The Nieman Journalism Lab, a Harvard University project that examines journalism in the Internet age, took at look at WWNO and the partnerships the station has forged with other newsgathering organizations.
Editor's note: Our friends at J-Lab have a new report out on an interesting subject: how public broadcasters - in radio and television - are trying to fill some of the void created by cutbacks at newspapers. In a number of states, the strategy has been to build new collaborative networks and make a greater investment in doing journalism.
New Orleans Fire Department
6:24 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Timothy McConnell Named New Superintendent Of The New Orleans Fire Department

A screen capture of Timothy A. McConnell during the press conference annoucing his appointment as Superintendent of the New Orleans Fire Department.
City of New Orleans

Timothy A. McConnell was named the New Orleans Fire Department's new Superintendent in a press conference held at City Hall on Wednesday.

McConnell, a 29-year veteran of the department, is the NOFD's eleventh superintendent since its founding as a modern firefighting organization in December 1891. McConnell joined the department in 1984 as a 22-year-old, according to information provided by the city, and rose through the ranks quickly.

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Hurricane Season
11:33 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Tropical Storm Chantal 5-Day Forecast

The forecasted track of Tropical Storm Chantal over the next five days.
Credit National Hurricane Center

    

The National Hurricane Center has released updated advisories and forecast maps for Tropical Storm Chantal, which formed in the Atlantic over the weekend.

The forecast map above is the projected track of the storm over the next five days, and includes the areas currently under storm watches and warnings. The "cone of uncertainty" on the map indicates the possible locations of the storm's center over time, not the total size of the storm or the extent of the storm's impact.

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Zephyr Field
5:17 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Photos: An Afternoon At The Ballpark

The players and umpires take the field as the New Orleans Zephyrs prepared to take on the Salt Lake Bees.
Jason Saul WWNO

Zephyr Field is affectionately known as the "Shrine on Airline" — a 10,000-seat stadium next door to the Saints and Pelicans practice facility that is host to New Orleans's own professional baseball team.

The New Orleans Zephyrs are the AAA-affiliate of the Miami Marlins, which means our local team is the last step for these players on their long journey to the major leagues.

FEMA
9:31 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Preliminary Jefferson Parish FEMA Flood Maps Now Available For Public Comment

A screenshot of the FEMA online map system, highlighting the new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish.
FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish, and are asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period.

Flood maps are created by FEMA, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers and local officials, and are used to calculate flood risk and determine flood insurance rates. The public comment period is an opportunity for residents, renters and business owners to review the maps and comment on them file appeals — the agency will accept public comment until September 30.

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New Orleans Pelicans
8:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pelicans Draft Nerlens Noel, Then Send Him To Philly

The Pelicans picked up guard Jrue Holiday, pictured here, and the 42nd draft pick overall from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick.
Credit NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel sixth overall in the 2013 NBA draft Thursday night, and almost immediately traded him and a 2014 first-round pick to Philadelphia for guard Jrue Holiday and the 2013 draft's 42nd pick, Pierre Jackson, a point guard out of Baylor University.

Holiday has averaged 13.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in his four seasons with the 76ers. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 assists per game in an All-Star year this past season.

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Environment
6:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Discovered Off La. Coast

Oil boom and bags of soiled sand lay on a Grand Isle beach in June 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

A 20-ton tar mat has been discovered off the coast of the Grand Terre barrier island, CNN is reporting.

The 40,000-pound mix of oil, sand, shells and seawater was dug out of the shallows by workers off Grand Terre over the last few weeks, according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Murphy told CNN the tar mat was approximately 165 feet long and stretched about 65 feet wide, though only about 15% of the total weight was oil.

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6:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientists Forecast Biggest Dead Zone Ever In Gulf Of Mexico

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This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be as large as the state of New Jersey, National Geographic is reporting. The publication quotes scientists who say that would make it the biggest dead zone ever recorded.
A New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico this summer, according to a forecast released this week.
Latest News
2:39 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

One Confirmed Dead In Geismar Chemical Plant Explosion, Fire

The explosion and fire at the Williams Olefins plant.
NBC33-TV, via WWL-TV

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Louisiana State Police and other officials say a reported explosion touched off a fire at the Williams olefins petrochemical plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar Thursday morning. One fatality has been confirmed, and 73 people have been transported from the site with injuries.

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