Robin Roberts examines storm's aftermath in 'Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm

August 21, 2015
By:Kimberly C. Roberts, Philadelphia Tribune

Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, returns to the region to host “Katrina: 10 Years After the Storm,” airing at 10 p.m., Aug. 23 on ABC.

Ten years after “the most devastating natural disaster in United States history,” Roberts explores Hurricane Katrina’s legacy, examines the remarkable recovery, where it has fallen short, and celebrates “the indomitable spirit that runs through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.”

Also, in a “moving portrait of courage and fortitude,” Roberts uncovers the story of two lives intersected because of the storm. A tale of an unlikely friendship between a tenacious girl named Syrena — rescued from the rooftop of her inner-city house — and celebrated chef John Besh, who vowed to help New Orleans recover. Chef Besh became the force to help Syrena as she journeyed from an at-risk youth program to attending culinary school and becoming a chef in the city’s most esteemed restaurants.