NBC News to air Katrina sculptures segment

NBC News plans to air a segment about the Katrina scupltures in Biloxi tonight during its “Nightly News.”

The program is scheduled to air nationwide and on WDSU-TV 6 in New Orleans at 5:30 p.m.

NBC News correspondent Mark Potter, who filed several national stories from Biloxi in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, was in Biloxi in January to film sculptor Marlin Miller as he completed work on his 16th sculpture in Biloxi’s overall collection of 21 waterfront sculptures created from dead trees.

Potter said his story is scheduled to appear near the end of the 30-minute news program, which averages an audience of more than 10 million for each newscast. The report also will be posted on the network’s web site, msnbc.com.

The Katrina segment, incidentally, has been bumped from the “Nightly News” twice in recent weeks because of late-running golf tournaments, which could also happen this evening, Potter said.

NBC, meantime, two weeks ago posted online nearly three minutes of bonus footage from the Katrina sculptures. The web-only segment, part of NBC News’s continuing “In their own words” feature, includes comments from Miller and Mayor A.J. Holloway, who on that January day honored an interview commitment as he was on his way to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, where hours later he underwent surgery for a perforated colon.

To see the online footage,
click here.

“We’re certainly pleased that NBC has chosen to bring national attention to this project,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said after being interviewed by Potter in January. “We began with five sculptures, and then Marlin came along and the project really took off. It’s a great story all the way around.”

— To see photos from Mark Potter’s visit to the Biloxi sculpture site, click here.

— For background on the overall sculpture project, click here.