Sept. 11 — Hurricane Hugo: looking back and ahead

On September 11, the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will present “Coverage of Hurricane Hugo: A 25-Year Retrospective.” (Hurricane Hugo hit Charlotte Sept. 22, 1989)

That 1989 storm devastated large parts of South Carolina and much of Charlotte. The morning after it swept through our city, more than 90 percent of Charlotte residents were without electric power. The recovery stretched for weeks.

A panel of Charlotte media people will discuss their memories and insights, and we’ll examine how journalists and their news organizations can prepare for weather emergencies. Among those participating will be Elizabeth Leland of The Charlotte Observer, who covered destruction and tragedy on the South Carolina coast, and longtime WBTV chief meteorologist Eric Thomas. I’ll also take part; I was the front-page editor of The Observer at the time. Keith Cannon will moderate.

The program is at 6:30 p.m. at Leroy Fox, a restaurant at 705 South Sharon Amity Road.

— Frank Barrows, president
Greater Charlotte SPJ

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