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Andrew Locke and Bob Sullivan

From Sept. 22-27, the posts in this blog about Rita's evacuation and devastation were reported and photographed by Bob Sullivan and Andrew Locke. Sullivan, 37, is MSNBC.com's technology and consumer fraud reporter. Locke, 34, in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial strategy, was on his second hurricane blog tour.

David Friedman and Miguel Llanos

From Sept. 18-22, the posts in this blog, examining Katrina's impact on the environment, were reported and photographed by Miguel Llanos and David Friedman. Llanos, 45, is MSNBC.com's environmental reporter. Photojournalist Friedman, 35, is a multimedia producer at MSNBC.com.

Kari Huus and Jim Seida

From Sept. 10-16, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Kari Huus and Jim Seida. Huus, 43, has been a journalist for 20 years and a reporter with MSNBC.com since 1996. Seida, 39, has been a media editor with the Web site since 1996.

Mike Brunker and Andrew Locke mugshot

From Sept. 2-9, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Mike Brunker, left, and Andrew Locke. A journalist for 25 years, Brunker, 49, is MSNBC.com's West Coast news editor. Locke, 34, has been a journalist for 17 years and is currently in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial media strategy.

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Posted: Thursday, September 29 at 12:53 pm CT by Mike Brunker

After hundreds and hundreds of miles, dozens and dozens of interviews and 99 posts from the areas blasted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the hurricanes blog has reached the end of the road. 

A couple points before we sign off:

The blog has been a tremendous success, not just because our reporters have gone to places and conveyed stories that weren’t otherwise being told, but because it provided a direct connection with our readers and created a spirited discussion about the news that added depth to our coverage. Rest assured that we will continue to search for ways to keep the conversation going.

Also, it’s important to stress that the blog’s demise does not mean that we are turning our backs on the hurricane victims and their stories. Instead we’re moving into a new phase of reporting on the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the massive rebuilding effort that will be required to bring the stricken areas back. 

Phase two got under way Thursday, a month after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, with the publication of profiles of six people whose lives were turned upside down by the storm. In the coming months, we will follow these victims as they attempt to rebuild what the hurricane ripped asunder.

We also are planning to focus on one hard-hit town in the coming months and closely follow the residents and leaders as they make the hard decisions that will be part of the rebuilding process.

Finally, all of us who participated in the hurricanes blog would like to thank you for reading and responding to the posts. Without you, we would have had nothing more than dispatches from the storm front.


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