Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Ranjana and I have been working on this story for quite a while (since before the storm hit) and its set to run tomorrow. Heres a sneak preview:

Mr. Jesse Aiala moved from his hospital bed to a chair a few days after undergoing a liver transplant surgery. Mr. Aiala and his doctor, transplant surgeon Philip Thomas, were evacuated from UTMB in Galveston in a helicopter that flew him to Seton Hospital in Austin less than 48 hours after undergoing one of the most major surgeries possible today.

Seton does not have a liver transplant unit on site and was ill equipped to handle so many patients so quickly (about 90 patients were moved to the Seton hospitals over the course of a few hours), but their doctors worked with the UTMB doctors to quickly set up adequate care. According to his doctors, Mr. Aiala made a shockingly quick recovery.

Mrs. Barbara Aiala, Jesse's wife, laughs in the lobby of the hospital. "When I found out he was going to be here in Austin, I freaked out," she said.

"What a blessing," she said. "To have your physician to fly with you... this was great."

On a completely unrelated note: Is anyone else as bothered by the term "Gotcha Journalism" as I am?

I understand the connotation; twisted, manipulative and out of context quotes meant to imply something different than what the speaker was getting at. And I would never condone that kind of journalism. But I can't agree that Sarah Palin's fumbling and mumbling and inability to explain what she meant when she said that Alaska's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience was "Gotcha Journalism." I don't think the questions were leading or meant to corner her, it was just a question that she couldn't answer.

"Gotcha" implies that there was some kind of work on the part of the journalists to make her look stupid. Wasn't Katie just asking the questions she was supposed to ask? The way Palin answers those questions are her responsibility.

I'll get off my political soap box now. Hah. We journalists aren't entitled to opinions.

Monday, September 29, 2008

loose ends

Overcoming HIV from Courtney Dudley on Vimeo.

Finally finished the 'reworked' version of this story, seen above. I've got one more big project from India to finish and then maybe I'll get some sleep.

I put a lot into this. I care deeply for these kids. That should go without saying. I just hope it shows in the piece.

Friday, September 26, 2008

happy birthday.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike video

Posting this just in case you aren't checking www.dailytexanonline.com and watching the videos everyday. Shame on you.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Ike cleanup

Galveston is not a happy place to be right now. Hurricane Ike left it even more ravaged than predicted. What were once buildings, restaurants and homes now lay as piles of sticks and rubble-- and it all happened overnight. I was reminded of what an incredibly powerful and dangerous entity the weather is as I stood amongst the debris, listening to the stories of those brave enough to stay behind and face the storm.

Friday, September 12, 2008

hurricane ike

Ike refugees trying hard to stay entertained outside of the Delco center in Austin. Media is not allowed inside.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Floating the river

Behind the scenes at Antone's.

Ive decided that I'm not allowed to wander around shooting unnecessarily until I deal with the giant mass of photos and audio that I'm sitting on from India. Its one thing to go abroad and shoot, its an entirely different thing to come back and be able to organize it into something cohesive. I'd just much rather be getting lost somewhere with a camera than sitting in front of my computer for hours. duh.