Newsman looked to alcohol and suicide after Katrina’s landfall

by Susan Finch, The Times-Picayune
Thursday April 23, 2009, 5:51 AM

WDSU-TV anchor Norman Robinson

After Katrina left his spacious home in eastern New Orleans a stinking shambles, TV news anchor Norman Robinson and his wife lived for two years in a 700-square-foot River Ridge apartment where, he testified in federal court Wednesday, he got drunk every night to cope with post-hurricane trauma.

“I ended up going to a psychologist because I wanted to commit suicide, and I ended up in a drunken stupor most of the time, ” Robinson said.

His testimony came during the third day of a trial in which he and four others hope to prove their case that the Army Corps of Engineers’ failure to maintain the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet created a speedway for Katrina storm surge that destroyed their property.

Robinson’s testimony marked the veteran broadcaster’s first public account of a downward spiral that began with Katrina and ended after his DWI arrest in June last year.

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This post was written by qni_it on April 24, 2009

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