The Long Run

Friday, January 29, 2010


The Western press descended on Haiti following the devastating earthquake there. But less than a month after the tragedy, most U.S. journalists have already left. The AP's Haiti correspondent, Jonathan Katz, was one of the few journalists in Haiti before the quake. He talks about reporting from the island before, during, and after the flood of attention.

Comments [7]

Ansel from Port-Au-Prince

Jonathan is a good guy, thanks for the interview. Slight correction though - he's not the only American journalist permanently based in Haiti. I moved here last September, lived through the quake and I'm still here, looking for a new house since my old one has to be demolished.

Mar. 05 2010 12:12 PM
Clem from NY

Jon, it's here:

Feb. 03 2010 11:09 AM
Jon Hirst from US

I was wondering - do you have a link to where Steve Coll spoke about the progression of disaster coverage? I could not find it anywhere on the web. Thanks!

Feb. 03 2010 11:07 AM
Stella Bunis from Vermont

Thanks for this interview. I wish there had been more compassion for the loss of people, instead of the slapstick comment about losing contacts. I can't imagine the personal devastation of having many friends and acquaintances lost at once. A simple "I'm sorry for your loss" was also missing.

Feb. 01 2010 07:39 PM
amanda wild from boston, ma

Excellent story.

Here is the link to Steve Coll's original blog post, "Earthquakes and Journalism", on the New Yorker web site:

Jan. 31 2010 03:02 PM
clopha deshotel from Bridgeport CT

Sustainable fish farming - here is a link to what started in Southeast Asia and was tailored for tilapia Haiti

Jan. 30 2010 03:27 PM
clopha deshotel from Bridgepport CT

I work with some students from Haiti at a community college and this story is actually quite refreshing. I do hope he can tell us about what Wyclif Jean and Bill Clinton and Woods Hole Oceanographic will be doing int he rebuilding process. Sustainable (periphyton-based) low-resource fish farming is what Woods Hole has been doing in the countryside, not in the city. Looking forward to seeing Jonathan's stories about those sort of things over the coming years.

Jan. 30 2010 06:48 AM

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