"For me, living in Chicago, I think it's important to cover the Midwest," NBC producer Joellen Ruvoli said.
said by highlighting the disaster, the media can help bring attention to any dangers or need for supplies.
"To them (in Grand Rapids, Mich.), it's like their viewers can sympathize," Ruvoli
said with luck, those viewers will help by donating to causes such as the Red Cross.
Throughout the day, wire services, Moline, Ill., television station WQAD
, the Chicago Tribune
and the Washington Post
offered stories with the Burlington dateline.The Washington Post
highlighted President Bush's planned trip to the state Thursday.Ruvoli
crew has been stationed throughout Iowa for about a week.She
said the footage is shot here but then it's cut and edited at the station's headquarters in North Carolina. Ruvoli
mobile crew worked along the Gulf Coast during Hurricane Katrina and plans to next go to the Olympics this summer in Beijing, China.
"Hopefully, if the river crests and property is OK, maybe we'll go home soon," Ruvoli
said."They sort of tell us day by day."Ruvoli
said during the flood of 1993, her
crew didn't make it home for about a month.
La Jeunesse said he's
enjoyed following the story down river and his
experiences in Burlington.