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Despite Being Displaced, Cedar Rapids Media Tirelessly Report On Derecho's Aftermath

Bank Phrom
Somehow, through sheer force of will, the Cedar Rapids Gazette managed to get a paper out the day after the derecho storm and they’ve continued to cover this crisis and recovery thoroughly ever since.

After the storm hit it took a while for news of how bad the damage was in Linn County to trickle out.

Almost no one in the county had power and the communications network was knocked out. The people who cover the news in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area were in the same boat as everyone around them, but they left their damaged and powerless homes to go out and do their best to bring vital, in some cases life-saving, information to their neighbors.


  • Lyz Lenz, columnist, Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • Andy Abeyta, photojournalist, Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • Michaela Ramm, healthcare reporter, Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • Beth Malicki, news anchor, KCRG-TV
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