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Katrina defies magazine and reaches its 40th anniversary

Metairie, LA (PRWEB) December 7, 2005

From a temporary office near Baton Rouge and its staff scattered throughout the state, New Orleans Magazine reaches its 40th anniversary with its first issue post-Katrina, and now the Renaissance. “The question is what should be done to rebuild New Orleans. It can be found in Barnes and Noble stores nationally and is available in digital format from the website,

history of New Orleans-based magazine picked up the pieces after the devastation of Katrina and back to business characterizes what is happening in the region. Publisher William Metcalf, Jr. notes that “The struggles and adversity faced by our employees, their families and all our friends in the community are simply breathtaking. Yet it was a decision on the granular part of our employees back to work and be part of the rebuilding effort in New Orleans. “

Staffers left work Friday, August 26th to make plans for the weekend – football games, parties, and back to back to school shopping. Forty-eight hours later, they were literally scattered to the four winds, with Katrina bearing down on New Orleans.

The next week was just spent getting bearings. Staff members were everywhere – Hawaii, California, Dallas, Baton Rouge – and some still in New Orleans awaiting evacuation. Communication was virtually impossible that the first week, but eventually all employees were safe, although many have suffered significant losses.

Kelley Faucheux, vice president-sales, received a emergency entry pass to enter New Orleans seven days after Katrina. His first-hand report from the devastation of the city was cold, but his initial report of the office was encouraging. After climbing up 18 flights in the dark and 98 degrees of heat, she found water damage and “a new skylight” in the editing room, but at least the office had not blown .

CEO Todd Matherne led a team to relocate servers, computers and files in an office near Baton Rouge won. While the office was reduced to a small room and some cabins, New Orleans Magazine had found temporary refuge.

Editor Errol Laborde

was determined to make the November issue special emphasis on the reconstruction effort. Unfortunately, his full-time staff editor at number two. With the future so uncertain, many staff had been released. It was submitted by e-mail telling how he intended to find a damp and frizzy September New Orleans Magazine in the mailbox of the subscriber.

personnel used in a difficult environment. All have left their homes with only a few pieces of clothing. temporary accommodation has disturbed the better. Everyone was concerned for friends and family who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Many had to make decisions about children and schools.

Almost every house member of staff was damaged – meaning exhausting trips to a bizarre New Orleans. Take ruined business, meet insurance adjusters, and try to find a contractor. And no place to eat after 03 hours. New Orleans was not the city that care forgot.

these strange circumstances, the November issue of New Orleans Magazine was born – a bit late but healthy. New Orleans Magazine as the city whose name it bears, has survived tough times, but in its 40th year is determined to become even stronger.

For more information or to download the November issue of New Orleans Magazine please visit

about: New Orleans Magazine is a division of MCMedia, an editor of New Orleans according to local magazines, including Biz New Orleans, and operator of first site in the region of new businesses local, and two local radio stations. MCMedia staff grew in size and return home or temporary residences in New Orleans. The staff is now working shoulder to shoulder in a small section of the board of New Orleans while repairs are ongoing. MCMedia plans to bring back all divisions by the fall of 2006.


Alan Campell



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