Looking back on this week’s tragedies and triumphs, we’ve rounded up the stories, images, videos and responses that moved our team members the most after the devastating tornadoes that ripped through our community.
Chad Bianco, Sr. Art Director. An incredible video showing the tornado up-close-and-personal and just how close the tornado came to destroying a high school in Moore.
Kate Cunningham, Graduate Fellow. Moving animal lovers to tears, this woman finds her dog buried alive under rubble during a live interview.
Dan Martel, Sr. VP, Chief Creative Officer. The most disturbing question of all: living in a state so prone to such weather disasters, why are storm shelters not an automatic for every home?
Lisa Loyd, Media Relations Supervisor. The Oklahoman’s careful attention to covering all areas and all victims of the storms, including those in Carney, Bethel Acres, Norman, Newcastle and Shawnee. For local media, it’s not just a headline. It’s home.
Becca Colbaugh, Sr. Director, Digital Content. Kevin Durant’s generous showing of support and goodwill.
Matt Reiswig, Director, Interactive Strategy. Independent navigation to updated photo coverage on USA Today mobile.
Erica Hollis, Sr. Account Director, Marketing. The hug seen round the world between “Big Dog” and “Little Dog.”
Renzi Stone, Chairman & CEO. Vivid aerial footage from local news helicopters.
“Once the tornado abated, the helicopter pilot, Jon Welsh, turned back to survey what had been lost. He pointed out a landmark for local viewers, Veterans Memorial Park, and said starkly, ‘It’s gone.’ Nearby was a housing development. ‘Completely gone.’ Mr. Welsh’s cameraman panned to the south, toward more homes. ‘Gone.’” Read more.
Featured Image: AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern