The Associated Press has consistently led the way on coverage of Superstorm Sandy and its lingering effects on the northeastern U.S., as well as on other vulnerable U.S. locations.
For the 10th anniversary of the Oct. 29, 2012, storm, Atlantic City, New Jersey, correspondent Wayne Parry and New York reporter Bobby Caina Calvan didn't do a standard retrospective, instead taking an enterprising look at the recovery and preparations for the next superstorm.
Parry examined how much remains to be done to make the region and the nation better prepared for the next major storm, including inland areas now becoming more vulnerable as sea levels rise and severe storms become more common.
Parry has covered Sandy and its aftermath since the day of the storm; he included numerous interviews with storm victims not only from New Jersey and New York, but from other major storms in Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Puerto Rico. His reporting on survivors’ post-storm experiences showed that the nation’s disaster response system is broken and needs reform to get money into victims’ hands more quickly, with less red tape.
Calvan, meanwhile, took an in-depth look at the distribution of post-storm aid and resources, and the inequity of that aid between more affluent communities and poorer ones.
The package featured the photography of New York staffers John Minchillo, Julia Nikhinson, Seth Wenig and Mary Altaffer, and video by Ted Shaffrey. Digital media producer Samantha Shotzbarger wove the presentations together, earning play among East Coast news outlets and beyond.