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.

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Coastal Desk
8:47 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Coastal Desk Visits Austin To Learn From Their Water Management Strategy

A sign in a bathroom at Mueller, the new sustainable, transit-oriented community in Austin, Texas.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

This week our coastal team is visiting the city of Austin, Texas with a group of New Orleans city officials, including City Council members Susan Guidry and LaToya Cantrell, and representatives from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and the Sewerage and Water Board.

The goal is to learn about how Austin manages its water system, and see if there’s some takeaways as the city of New Orleans tries to create a new water strategy that integrates old and new design.

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Coastal Desk
11:09 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Coastal Rundown: The 2014 Society Of Environmental Journalists Conference

A sketch of a 9th Ward house by Francesca Lyman, Seattle journalist, sketch artist and Society of Environmental Journalists Conference attendee.
Credit Francesca Lyman

The 24th Annual Society of Environmental Journalists conference took place in New Orleans last week, bringing to town a few hundred environmental reporters, advocates, scientists, engineers, politicians and more.

Participants got out of the conference rooms to see the levees, bayous, marshes, sinkholes, refineries and rivers that all contribute to the complex region that is Louisiana’s Gulf coast.

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Coastal Desk
11:07 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Ruling In BP Civil Case Sets The Stage With Potential Additional Funds For Coastal Restoration

The Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire.
Credit United States Coast Guard / Wikimedia Commons

With a ruling finally in on the civil action suit against BP, both sides are looking ahead to what’s next. BP plans to appeal the decision, and plaintiffs are hoping to see some more money flowing from the oil giant to coastal restoration projects.

The ballroom of a New Orleans Hilton was packed with reporters in town for the Society of Environmental Journalists conference recently.

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Latest News
7:32 am
Thu September 4, 2014

BP Wants More Credit For Gulf Recovery

A spokesperson for BP says the tragedy of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was covered in great depth, but media have underreported the resilience the Gulf Coast has shown the last four years, and BP's role in its recovery.

Geoff Morrell is Senior Vice President for US Communications at BP. He addressed a few hundred reporters in New Orleans for the international Society of Environmental Journalists conference. Morrell defended BP’s record since the oil spill.

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Environment
6:41 am
Tue August 26, 2014

River Diversions And The Fate Of Louisiana's Coast

The Wax Lake Delta, created by a diversion of the Atchafalaya River.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

A big part of Louisiana’s coastal Master Plan centers around something called “diversions.” Fresh water from the Mississippi River is diverted so that the water, and the silt it carries, can rebuild the sinking coast. But this technique, a centerpiece of Louisiana's coastal Master Plan, is contentious.

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Environment
11:50 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish Part Deaux

Chauvin Sculpture Garden.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed south, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What a map can’t express are the histories, hopes and desires of communities along the bayous of the Gulf Coast.

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Environment
9:23 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish

Provost Cemetery in Dulac, Louisiana.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What a map can’t express are the histories, hopes and desires of communities along the bayous of the Gulf Coast.

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Environment
11:20 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wax Lake Outlet: Just About The Greenest Accidental Delta You Ever Saw

Waterlillies bloom in the Wax Lake Delta.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

Those who have been lucky enough to travel to the Wax Lake Delta are prone to gush about it. Just ask Ben Weber, who leads trips to the area as an outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation.

From above one can see how the lush, green Delta has spread out into the Gulf over time, a bit of an outlier in a region now more used to seeing coastal land retreat due to sea level rise and erosion.

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Environment
5:35 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Army Corps of Engineers Moves Forward On Upgraded Storm Protection System For New Orleans

17th Street Canal storm protection system being built by Army Corps of Engineers along Lake Pontchartrain.
Credit Jesse Hardman / WWNO

The Army Corps of Engineers is getting closer to completing new storm protection at the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue canals.

The $615 million system is scheduled to be done in less than three years. Its permanent structures will reduce risk of 100-year level storm surges in New Orleans.

Lieutenant Colonel Austin Appleton is the Army Corps Deputy Commander for the New Orleans District. “What this is doing is pushing the defense of the storm surge to the edge of the city," he says. "Prior, the defense was the interior walls of the canal.”

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Coastal Desk
4:21 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Follow Along With The Coastal Desk's 'Vanishing Coast' Tour Of Chauvin

The Vanishing Points Map
Credit Vanishing Points / Wetlands Discovery Center

WWNO’s Coastal Desk is heading to Chauvin, Louisiana to visit some sites that are in danger of being washed out by coastal erosion and sea level rise. After visiting the working coast camp in Houma last month, Laine Kaplan-Levenson learned of the Wetlands Discovery Center’s Vanishing Points project. This online mapping tool identifies and tells the stories of various locations that are at risk of disappearing.

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