Jesse Hardman

Coastal Reporter

As the new Coastal Reporter, Jesse Hardman will draw on 15 years of worldwide experience in radio, video and print journalism. As a radio reporter he has reported for NPR, BBC, and CBC, and for such familiar programs as MarketplaceThis American LifeLatino USA, and Living on Earth. He served as a daily news reporter and news magazine producer for WBEZ in Chicago. He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and has reported on New Orleans for Time. At WWNO Jesse has been the creator and producer of The Listening Post, the station’s civic engagement project. He holds degrees from Kenyon College, Ohio, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

Latest News
3:34 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Largest Methanol Plant In North America Opening In St. James Parish

Natural gas, the key ingredient in producing methanol, is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast. South Louisiana Methanol is poised to build the largest methanol plant in North America in St. James Parish.
Ari Moore Flickr

Natural gas is abundant and relatively cheap along the Gulf Coast, since it's drilled nearby. It's also the key ingredient in producing methanol.

Methanol is a chemical that is used to make plywood, foam, paints, adhesives and other common household products. South Louisiana Methanol is slated to be the biggest plant to make it. The final hurdle to business was finding a local natural gas provider.

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Coastal Desk
5:16 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

State Representative In New Orleans East Sounds Call Over Coastal Erosion

Austin Badon has represented New Orleans East’s District 100 in the state legislature for the past decade.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The face of coastal erosion in Louisiana is often defined by the most visibly threatened communities. Towns that are literally trying to determine how long they have before they might have to move. And while there’s few people calling on New Orleans residents to start making Plan B’s, some local leaders are trying to get their constituents to be more aware. 

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Coastal Desk
1:55 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

LeBlanc Marine offloads concrete artificial oyster reef materials in a St. Bernard Parish marsh.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana's coast is becoming big business.

Here are some of the people who stand to benefit.

Deep in St. Bernard Parish’s Lake Athanasio, a construction crew is hard at work. Ben Leblanc is standing on a floating barge, overseeing his troops who are knee deep in marsh, battling enormous horse flies.

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Sports
10:56 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Where To Watch The 2014 World Cup In New Orleans

The World Cup is upon us! In the next month 32 different countries will vie to be the soccer champion of the world. Here’s a few things to know.

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Community
9:42 am
Sat June 21, 2014

WWNO World Cup Postcard #3: Casa Honduras

Casa Honduras restaurant.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

Our local World Cup coverage continues with a visit to Casa Honduras, an authentic spot that serves up the best of Honduran cuisine.

I watched the Honduras vs. Ecuador game with proprietor José Alvarado, who opened his restaurant right off of Hwy. 10 and Crowder Blvd. in New Orleans East about a year ago after moving from Los Angeles. 

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Latest News
4:49 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

State Coastal Leaders Convene To Discuss Future Projects

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday.
Louisiana GOHSEP Flickr

Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority had its monthly meeting on Wednesday. Officials discussed BP oil spill money, sediment diversions, sea level rise, and beach and dune restoration.

Laurie Cormier is the Coastal Zone manager in Southwestern Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish. Cormier also sits on the CPRA. She says the focus in her region is the creation of breakwaters, which help protect against storm surge.

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Community
8:26 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

WWNO World Cup Postcard #2: Río Mar

Argentinians gather in the Warehouse District to watch some World Cup action
Credit Jesse Hardman

The second audio postcard from our local World Cup 2014 coverage comes from the Warehouse District's Río Mar restaurant, via Argentina.

Casa Argentina is a New Orleans based organization that brings people together to celebrate all things Argentina. 

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World Cup
8:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

WWNO World Cup Postcard #1: Rusty Nail Bar

Dutch fans celebrate a World Cup victory at the Rusty Nail.
Kate Richardson

As part of our local World Cup coverage, we'll be sharing periodic audio postcards from events around the city. Postcard #1 comes by way of the local Holland consulate, who we joined Friday to watch their beloved Oranje.

Environment
12:41 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Restoring The Coast By Creating Oyster Beds In St. Bernard Parish

Concrete oyster beds wait to be offloaded into St. Bernard's Lake Athanasio
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A consortium of environmental and industry stakeholders are making concrete reefs on the Gulf Coast in an attempt to create new oyster habitats. The Lake Athanasio project covers a half a mile of St. Bernard Parish coastline, and seeks to satisfy coastal restoration and commercial interests by giving oysters a sustainable habitat to mature.

Tyler Ortego developed the engineering concept behind the artificial reefs.

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