Michael Duke

Michael Duke, a third-generation journalist in the Jewish community with the Jewish Herald-Voice, discusses community news, community involvement, and Hurricane Harvey.  Duke emphasizes that being a newspaper in a community like this is different from being a large paper like the Houston Chronicle as it is a more interpersonal relationship, where he might see the subject of a story in two days at shul. However, this difference is also relevant when covering stories like the flooding and Hurricane Harvey in that community. Duke relates the Harvey stories of him and his immediate family, including losing his car in the flooded streets and how the inability to get to people to get their stories impacted the paper. Duke, always about the community, shares how the community and even the teens have learned to come together with these flood events to help those in need. Duke also shared a tragedy of a couple lost in the flooding and how that impacted him. 

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