What you hear on the radio every day is only the polished and complete final product made ready for broadcast. That three-minute story is the result of days of hard work and investigative reporting. Until now, I have never had an opportunity to tell you the story behind the story. So this is what happened when I drove to Victoria to cover the destruction and recovery of Hurricane Harvey.
I began my day at 5:00 a.m. in order to be in Victoria at 7:00 a.m. My goal was to cover part of Texas that had been overlooked in the overall hurricane coverage. I wanted to get the stories of people whose homes were damaged and living for days without electric power and running water. My trusty 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck faithfully got me to my destination: the banks of the Guadalupe River. I went there because the county judge told me the river would crest and flood a neighborhood that afternoon. I would be gone long before that happened, I assured him.