Watch Live: The Gulf States Newsroom is hosting a live storytelling event.

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A flyer for the Gulf States Newsroom's Local Live(s) event lists the speakers for the evening: Alabama Poet Laureate Ashley M. Jones, Bobbi-Jeanne Misick, Shalina Chatlani, Stephan Bisaha and Brittany Brown

The Gulf States Newsroom and Back Pocket Media will team up for Local Live(s) — a live storytelling event — on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in Birmingham, Alabama. The show will be streamed live for those that can't attend in person.

Gulf States Newsroom

The Gulf States Newsroom, a collaboration among public radio stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, is teaming up with Back Pocket Media to put on a live storytelling event on Tuesday.

Local Live(s) is a show that brings together journalists and community members for a night of entertainment and conversation in the Odess Theater at the Alys Stephens Center. The team of regional reporters, who cover health care, race, the economy and more, will share the stories behind the stories they’ve reported on — and how the personal and professional intersect.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m. and will also feature live music from local musicians and a reading by Alabama poet laureate Ashley M. Jones.

Can’t see the live stream below? Click here.

Gulf States Newsroom storytellers:

Stephan Bisaha, wealth and poverty reporter based at WBHM in Birmingham

Brittany Brown, criminal justice reporter based at Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson

Shalina Chatlani, health care reporter based at WWNO in New Orleans

Bobbi-Jeanne Misick, justice, race and equity reporter based at WWNO in New Orleans

 

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