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CNN Correspondent With Coast Connections to be Honored in Hancock County
From News Release:      Filed 10/18/06  GCN

CNN Correspondent Kathleen Koch will be the honoree of Our Lady Academy’s first fall fundraiser, Hooray for
the Bay!  The gala dinner dance at Hollywood Casino will take place Saturday, October 28, at 7 p.m.

Koch, a former OLA student, was chosen as the honoree for her exceptional continuing coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  She is part of CNN’s Washington, D.C. bureau, serving as back-up correspondent at the Pentagon and the White House.

“Kathleen has done an incredible job helping keep Hancock County in the national focus as we’ve struggled to recover from Katrina,” said Anna Kalom, Director of Development at OLA.  “We can’t thank her enough for that, and this party is our attempt to show our appreciation.”

Guests will be entertained by The Molly Ringwalds, a New Orleans band famous for their 80s repertoire. 

Collectible martini glasses hand-painted by the school’s art students will be filled with “Katrinis” and sold for $25 each.  Purchasers of these glasses will also have a chance to win one of several prizes given away throughout the evening.

OLA, the only all-girls’ school in Mississippi, was rendered unusable after Katrina.  One building was destroyed, and the remainder were heavily damaged by severe winds and flooding in excess of seven feet.

Students returned to the OLA campus this year, but repairs continue. 

“The proceeds from this event will provide much needed help with our recovery effort,” Kalom said.

For tickets or more information, call 228.547.5556 or e-mail eakalom@hotmail.com.

Kathleen Koch Bio

Courtesty of CNN

Kathleen Koch is a CNN general assignment correspondent based in Washington, D.C., specializing in aviation reporting and serving as back-up correspondent at the Pentagon and the White House.

In 2005 and 2006, Koch provided moving reports from the Gulf Coast during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Her reports were featured in CNN Presents: Saving My Town – The Fight for Bay Saint Louis, a special that looked at the progress of Koch’s hometown in Mississippi six months after Katrina.

In 2004, Koch traveled the country covering the campaign of President George Bush, before being deployed south to Florida to report on the deadly series of hurricanes lashing that state. In 2003, she was part of CNN's around-the-clock coverage from the Pentagon on the build up to and the launch of the Iraq war. A year earlier, Koch was one of the primary correspondents covering the Washington-D.C-area sniper attacks. In 2001, she was part of CNN's Emmy award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Two months later, Koch was lead correspondent on CNN's coverage of the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York.

Before joining CNN, Koch was a general assignment reporter covering Washington D.C., for multiple news organizations. She was also a consumer and medical reporter for the Group W Newsfeed Network and a weekend reporter at WRC-TV in Washington D.C. She was an anchor and State Department correspondent for "America Today," the U.S. Information Agency's two-hour daily international news broadcast to Europe.

Koch began her career, hired before graduating college, as a reporter and weekend anchor for WLOX-TV13 in Biloxi.

Koch was a Rotary Foundation International Graduate Scholar at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France. She studied journalism at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she was one of only 40 freshmen accepted into the university’s honors program.

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