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Students hired to work for ABC covering Sago Mine disaster

Two WVU P.I. Reed School of Journalism students were hired as freelance producers for Good Morning America and ABC and asked to coordinate coverage of the Sago Mine disaster for two days this week.

ABC News hired undergraduate broadcast student Justin Weaver and graduate student Ivy Smith Guiler to find and interview mine disaster victims’ family members and to provide the network information on the condition of the sole surviving miner, who was treated at West Virginia University’s Ruby Memorial Hospital.

Assistant Professor Bonnie Stewart accompanied Weaver to Upshur County and served as a faculty mentor. Stewart worked as an investigative reporter before coming to WVU this fall to teach public affairs reporting and other upper-level writing courses.

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J-School students retrace steps of Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans

Three students and a faculty member retraced the harrowing evacuation of Hurricane Katrina victims now living in Morgantown during their recent trip to New Orleans.

Undergraduate student Justin Weaver, graduate students Ivy Smith Guiler and Lingbing Hang and Assistant Professor Bonnie Stewart traveled to New Orleans from Dec. 9- Dec. 17 to cover the return of one couple to see what was left of their flooded home.

New Orleans couple Greg and Glenda Avery, who settled in Morgantown after Hurricane Katrina, asked friends to stuff their most precious belongings into a pile in front of their home so looters would think it was just junk, said Stewart.

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