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McGraw Fellow Examines Gulf Coast Restoration from Oil Spill

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
Eric J. Shelton

The non-profit newsroom Mississippi Today has published an in-depth look at the slow progress the state is making as it spends the billions of dollars it received to restore the Gulf Coast in the wake of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The story¬† was started under the leadership of former MT editor Ryan Nave, a fellow of the Newmark J-School’s McGraw Center for Business Journalism. It was originally scheduled to come out this past spring at the 10 year anniversary of the spill. But coronavirus and coverage of the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing delayed its completion.

Even though Nave left MT to take a new job in Alabama, he kept working on the story with the primary reporter Alex Rozier. The publication coincided with Mississippi’s annual summit on the restoration efforts, which took place on November 11.